Dear Lifetime & Kayla Alpert,
You really don’t have to recast Kiernan Shipka and Mason Dye for Petals on the Wind. I honestly think it would be a big mistake to recast and set the sequel ten years later and most if all very unnecessary to. There is no excuse nor reason why you can’t make Petals on the Wind into a miniseries, you’re Lifetime, the original home of miniseries long before HBO and Starz, I grew up watching long miniseries on your channel, Thorn Birds, Judith Krantz’s Princess Daisy and Til We Meet Again, Danielle Steel’s Jewels, Zoya, etc etc etc. VC Andrews novels aren’t movie material they’re pure miniseries material, Lifetime miniseries. VC Andrews fans WANT a miniseries not a short condensed 90 minute movie.
Kiernan is not too young, need I remind you of Brooke Shields and the mature movies she did before age 15(Alice Sweet Alice, Pretty Baby, Blue Lagoon, Endless Love)and how they had no negative effect nor bad influence on her. By the time Petals is in production she’ll be 16 and Mason will be in his early 20s, they’ll be the perfect ages and Kiernan has the maturity and grace to be able to fool anyone into thinking she’s much older than she is, she can pull off 25, it’s been done before, it’s not impossible. Not to mention. that everyone who loved your movie loved and watched it for Kiernan and Mason, recasting them would be like Catching Fire without Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutchinson.
You CAN adapt the whole Petals on the Wind novel, there is no reason why you can’t, you’re Lifetime, we expect miniseries from you. Fans want a Thorn Birds like adaptation of Petals on the Wind and the other books.
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Every VC Andrews Fan