It might sound like an April Fools’ joke but it’s apparently true that Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig have indeed teamed up for a Lifetime movie.
The Saturday Night Live alums are starring in the dramatic thriller called A Deadly Adoption. This top-secret TV movie is a campy homage to the dramatic thriller genre that is a hallmark of the Lifetime network.
A Deadly Adoption is about a couple who’re apparently successful in all aspects of their lives, except in their ability to have children. They take care of a pregnant woman, played by 90210’s Jessica Lowndes, in the hopes of adopting her unborn child.
Of course, in typical Lifetime fashion, the situation goes horribly, maybe even humorously, awry.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) April 2, 2015
Filming for the 2-hour TV movie has already wrapped up and it’s executively produced by Andrew McKay and Ferrell through their Gary Sanchez Productions. It’s also like an SNL reunion of sorts for Ferrell, Wiig and writer Andrew Steele who all worked together on IFC’s The Spoils of Babylon. The movie is directed by Lifetime regular Rachel Lee Goldenberg, who’s known for helming Escape from Polygamy and Love at the Christmas Table.
A Deadly Adoption is tentatively slated for a summer release and will be part of Lifetime’s 25th anniversary. The American cable and satellite TV channel was established in 1984 and is known for featuring programs aimed toward women and which almost always feature women in leading roles.
The movie is a wonderful coup for the network and would undoubtedly fit in well with other titles like A Deadly Love, Baby for Sale or A Face to Die For. While there’s still no release date set for A Deadly Adoption, it’s almost a certainty that fans of Kristen Wigg and Will Ferrell and other SNL enthusiasts will be rubbing shoulders with Lifetime ladies at viewing parties all across the US.