Back in April, we reported that Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig shot a secret Lifetime movie entitled A Deadly Adoption. The initial report revealed that the movie was slated to debut this summer on Lifetime, with the premiere coinciding with the network's 20th anniversary. Surprisingly, one day later, Will Ferrell canceled the project entirely, releasing a statement that he and his co-star were "deeply disappointed that our planned top secret project was made public." We never heard anything more about the project, but yesterday, a billboard for the movie was spotted on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, which reveals a June 20 premiere date.
Although the poster says A Deadly Adoption will air on "Sunday" June 20, the date actually falls on a Saturday, which is when the movie will actually air, according to insiders. The poster features both Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig, along with the tagline "The birth of a plan gone wrong." The story centers on a successful married couple (Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig) who take in a young pregnant woman (Jessica Lowndes), in hopes of adopting her child when she comes to term, when things go terribly wrong.
The movie was described in the April report as "campy and fun and a contemporary wink at the genre." Will Ferrell himself is reportedly a longtime fan of Lifetime's original movies, and always wanted to make one himself. Rachel Lee Goldenberg (Escape from Polygamy) directed A Deadly Adoption from a script by Andrew Steele (The Spoils of Babylon). Will Ferrell produced the TV movie alongside his Gary Sanchez Production partner Adam McKay, Andrew Steele, Sharon Bordas, Fernando Szew and Jessica Elbaum. The premiere date has yet to be confirmed by the network, but while we wait for more details on the TV movie, take a look at the billboard below.