UPDATED: Will Ferrell & Kristen Wiig Shot a Secret Lifetime Movie Called ‘A Deadly Adoption’

By June 3, 2015

UPDATE BY THE EDITOR 6/3 1pm PST: People who live in the Los Angeles area have recently begun seeing billboards with Wiig and Ferrell advertising this film’s premiere date on Lifetime, and now it’s been confirmed: the film is coming out after all.

According to People, the project entitled A Deadly Adoption will premiere on the Lifetime network on Saturday, June 20th (though the billboard making the rounds online incorrectly states that June 20th is on a Sunday, so it’s possible that it will instead air on June 21st). The film’s airdate coincides with the 25th anniversary of the network’s original TV movie franchise, which often depict things going awry out of normal situations. A Deadly Adoption looks like it will certainly continue in that tradition, but the presence of the two principal cast members should give an idea of what the film is going for.

See the original story and update below.

UPDATE 1 4/3 12pm PST: It appears this project may now be dead as Deadline has gotten word from Will Ferrell that the revelation of this secret project being perceived as a joke has resulted in the finished film being held back from release.

In a statement, Ferrell said, “We are deeply disappointed that our planned top secret project was made public. Kristen and I have decided it is in the best interest for everyone to forgo the project entirely, and we thank Lifetime and all the people who were ready to help us make this film.”

However, this story has publicity stunt written all over it, and this could just be part of some kind of elaborate prank. The film is reportedly in the can, so now it remains to be seen if Lifetime will release it, or if this is part of some kind of bigger plan. We’ll see what happens. The original story appears below.

Original Story 4/3: Yesterday may have been April Fools’ Day, but news of Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig shooting a secret Lifetime movie is not a joke at all.

THR has learned that the “Saturday Night Live” veterans and “Spoils of Babylon” co-stars made a movie for the infamous Lifetime network called A Deadly Adoption, a campy and fun send-up of the kind of films the female-driven network have become known for in its 25 years on the air.

The film follows Ferrell and Wiig as a couple who take in and care for a pregnant woman (Jessica Lowndes of “90210”) with hopes of adopting her unborn child as their own. Somehow, though, the plan and their relationship with the woman goes sour, with no indication as to how.

Kristen Wiig - Will Ferrell

A Deadly Adoption, executive produced by Ferrell, along with Anchorman director Adam McKay under their Gary Sanchez Productions banner, is already in the can and is expected to debut sometime this summer. While this will be a parody of sorts of Lifetime movies, Ferrell and Wiig are apparently genuine fans of the cheesy movies, likely for their comedic value.

The two-hour film (most likely 90 minutes with commercials) is directed by Rachel Lee Goldenberg (Escape from Polygamy) with a script by Andrew Steele, who just so happens to have scripted “Spoils of Babylon” on IFC, the series which just got a second season order with the return of Wiig and Ferrell.

Depending on how this is marketed, this has the potential to be the biggest film Lifetime has ever produced. Surely fans of Wiig and Ferrell will be interested to see how they send up the hokey, melodramatic films the network has been known for, even if they’ve never seen a single Lifetime movie. I know that I’ll be setting my DVR whenever an airdate is confirmed.

Will you watch Lifetime to see this movie?

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.
  • tommymadden3

    Sweet, will is always Fun to watch, looking forward to seeing what he comes out with this time

  • lily

    LOL, i knew their statement about them cancelling was a prank, they’d hardly cancel a finished film because the public found out it existed.

    • USAjoe

      Yeah, things like this can be expected from people like that, though.. 🙂 😉

  • Thomas Kelly

    huh, this is coming out in just a few weeks then, cool! I like secret movie sometimes; not having to watch the same advertisement 100’s of times on youtube and stuff is nice.

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  • Andy Spears

    so its either out on this Sunday or Monday?? Have really gotta make sure i don’t miss this one!