Friday, January 27, 2012

Back to the Big Screen?

From Variety, 13 January 2012:

Pair Nabs Rights to V.C. Andrews Library

Dan Angel ("Door to Door") of the Hatchery has purchased rights to the V.C. Andrews library and teamed with Jane Startz ("Ella Enchanted") to develop and produce feature films, TV series and telepics based on Andrews' works. Angel and Startz announced the partnership Friday.

There are currently 70 Andrews books, launched in 1979 with "Flowers in the Attic," with worldwide sales of over 106 million copies in 95 countries in 26 languages in stories combining elements of Gothic horror and family secrets. Andrew Neiderman, who's penned 44 books under his own name, has been the ghostwriter of Andrews' books since her death in 1986. The latest addition is "Family Storms" and its sequel "Cloudburst," released in the fall. Paranormal love story "Into The Darkness" will be published in March and "The Forbidden Sister will be published in the fall 2012, followed by its sequel "Roxy's Story."

"V.C. Andrews is such a major cultural icon and has been for the last three decades," Startz said. "Her collected works are a treasure trove of genres--romance gothic, paranormal -- with highly original and often outré stories that have enormous multigenerational and multicultural appeal."

Angel's credits include "The Haunting Hour," "Dan Vs." and "Gifted Hands." Startz produced "The Indian in the Cupboard," "The Mighty" and "Tuck Everlasting." Simon & Schuster UK, long-term publishers of V.C. Andrews, said in a statement, "We are delighted that Virginia Andrews will find a new audience through this exciting collaboration with The Hatchery and Jane Startz Prods., taking this global brand to even greater heights."

In 2007, the Hatchery and Jaffe/Braunstein announced plans to develop a miniseries for Lifetime based on the Andrews' "The Landry" but the project didn't come together.


  1. Out of curiosity, have you seen the movie for Rain?

    1. I haven't, but it's on Hulu! Do you know anything about it?

    2. Oh girl. MARY SUE SYNDROME to the max.
      I watched it on Netflix.

      It's so fluffy it's crazy. You should check it out!

  2. "her collected works are a treasure trove of genres--romance gothic, paranormal "

    Paranormal? Granted, the most recent series I've read is probably the Orphan series quite a few years back, but please don't tell me that amid the incest and evil grandparent/step-mother plots, there are now ghost and other supernatural beings? Strangely, I'm not shocked.

    I'm a bit more excited about this than I should be, although I'm sure they will take out everything we love to hate about the stories when making the movies/tv series and then it won't be anything special (or horrifying, depending on how you look at it.)

    1. 'Fraid so. The "Daughter of Darkness" series is straight-up vampires.

      I am incredibly excited! This article didn't contain the info, but there's been a remake of the Flower in the Attic movie in the works for ages and I'm hoping that a resurgence in interest might get it greenlit.

  3. If anyone related to the "Ella Enchanted" movie is involved, I'd take the adaptation with a mountain of salt. *has been burned by these folks before*

  4. Yeah this makes me nervous. I want both the horror and humor to show through in the adaptation of these books.