Lifetime Entertainment just announced two brand-new projects: An original movie called Torn From Her Arms and a new prequel miniseries, Flowers in the Attic: The Origin.

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What’s Happening:

  • Lifetime, a division of A+E Networks (a joint venture between the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation), just announced two new projects during the TCA Summer Press Tour.
  • Torn From Her Arms is a new original movie based on the true story of a mother and daughter who must find their way back to each other after being separated at the U.S. border.
  • Flowers in the Attic: The Origin is a miniseries prequel to the Flowers in the Attic TV movie series, adapted from the books by V.C. Andrews.
  • More information on each project can be found below.

About “Torn From Her Arms”

  • “Torn From Her Arms is based on a true story, originally covered by the OZY editorial team, following Cindy Madrid and her six-year-old daughter, Ximena, who fled violence in El Salvador for safety in the U.S., only to be separated at the border as a part of the Administration’s Zero Tolerance Policy. Detained in detention centers in different states, Cindy and Ximena endured inhumane living conditions and inadequate medical care, but that was nothing compared to the emotional toll of being apart. Their story would gain national attention when a whistleblower leaked a gut-wrenching audiotape of six-year-old Ximena crying for her mother. The onslaught of media attention incited by Ginger’s story alerted the nation to the cruelties being committed against undocumented immigrant families at the border.”
  • Torn From Her Arms Cast:
    • Judy Reyes (Devious Maids, Claws)
    • Gloria Reuben (Mr. Robot, ER)
    • Fátima Molina (Who Killed Sara?)
    • Camila Nuñez
  • Executive producers are Brad Krevoy, Linda Berman, Carlos Watson, Lindsay Roger, Amanda Phillips, Eric Jarboe and Steve McGlothen.
  • Directed by Alan Jonsson.
  • Screenplay written by Tawnya Bhattacharya and Ali Laventhol.
  • Produced for Lifetime by OZY Media and the Motion Picture Corporation of America.

About “Flowers in the Attic: The Origin”

  • Flowers in the Attic: The Origin tells the story of the headstrong and determined Olivia Winfield who is working alongside her beloved father  when she finds herself unexpectedly wooed by one of the nation’s most eligible bachelors, Malcom Foxworth. After a whirlwind romance, Olivia finds herself as the mistress of the imposing Foxworth Hall, where she soon discovers that the fairytale life she expected has quickly become a nightmare.  Under Malcolm’s debonair exterior lies a dark heart, and a twisted evil lurks inside Foxworth Hall that will threaten Olivia’s happiness and that of her children. Her attempts to keep them all safe ultimately push Olivia to become the most terrifying version of herself, leading to her inevitable—and notorious—decision to lock her grandchildren in the attic…”
  • Flowers in the Attic: The Origin Cast:
    • Jemima Rooper (Gold Digger)
    • Max Irons (Condor)
    • Kelsey Grammer (Frasier)
    • Harry Hamlin (Mad Men)
    • Paul Wesley (The Vampire Diaries)
    • Kate Mulgrew (Orange is the New Black)
    • Alana Boden (I Am Elizabeth Smart)
    •  Hannah Dodd (Harlots)
    • T’Shan Williams (The Color Purple)
    • Callum Kerr (Four Weddings and a Funeral)
  • Executive producers are Paul Sciarrotta, Jennie Snyder Urman, Joanna Klein, Zoë Rocha, Gary Pearl and Dan Angel.
  • Directors are Declan O’Dwyer (parts 1 and 2) and Robin Sheppard (parts 3 and 4).
  • Screenplays written by Paul Sciarrotta, Amy Rardin and Conner Good based on Garden of Shadows by Andrew Neiderman.
  • An A+E Studios production in association with Sutton St. Productions and CBS Studios.
  • The miniseries was made with support of the Romanian Government.