Excitement surrounding the project, titled A Deadly Adoption, initially emerged back on April Fools' Day, but was quickly hampered when Ferrell announced that it was being scrapped because the information had been leaked. "We are deeply disappointed that our planned top secret project was made public," Ferrell said in a statement. "Kristen and I have decided that it is in the best interest for everyone to forego the project entirely, and we thank Lifetime and all the people who were ready to help us make this film."
But then this week, The Hollywood Reporter spotted a huge billboard on Hollywood Boulevard featuring the a stone-faced Ferrell and Wiig, as well as the Lifetime logo and a pregnant woman standing on an ominous-looking dock. We did a little jig in celebration of the film being all systems go.
A Deadly Adoption, everyone. pic.twitter.com/hsQ5Oom5av— Rebecca Ford (@Beccamford) June 3, 2015
However, the alarming lack of details about the movie — there's no trailer, no IMDb page, no hint of it on mylifetime.com — and the fact that the poster reads "Premiers Sunday June 20" when June 20 is, in fact, a Saturday, gives us the inkling that something still might be up.
Still, we're holding out hope that A Deadly Adoption is a reality, because based on what little details we do already have, it is sure to be the best Lifetime movie of all time. Here's why.
A Deadly Adoption is being described as "campy and fun and a contemporary wink at the genre as Lifetime is poised to mark the 25th anniversary of its TV movie business," according to THR. Come on now, being campy is what these two live for. Lifetime movies are notoriously campy, but not intentionally. It's pretty awesome that they are basically allowing Ferrell and Wiig to make fun of them. Things are about to get super dramatic, y'all!
Their characters take in and care for a woman — played by 90210's Jessica Lowndes — who is in the late stages of her pregnancy, with plans to adopt her baby. We're hoping for a Baby Mama meets Single White Female meets The Hand That Rocks the Cradle situation. What could go wrong, right?
We can't help but think that Wiig will pull some expressions out of her hat that are straight out of "The Californians."
According to THR, the situation with the new pregnant roommate doesn't stay all rainbows and butterflies for very long. Both Ferrell and Wiig are known for characters who don't exactly work well under pressure (think Frank the Tank in Old School and Ron Burgundy in Anchorman for Ferrell, and Annie in Bridesmaids for Wiig), so we have a feeling the two of them together when the shit hits the proverbial fan, Lifetime-style, will be nothing short of amazing.
A Deadly Adoption is based on a script written by Steele, who also wrote the IFC comedy miniseries The Spoils of Babylon, which Wiig and Ferrell both appeared in. The miniseries was hilariously campy itself and Wiig won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries for her part, which is an indication that the Lifetime movie will be pretty awesome. The cast of The Spoils of Babylon was pretty epic and included Tim Robbins, Tobey Maguire, Jessica Alba and Val Kilmer, so we can expect that A Deadly Adoption will at least have some great cameos.
Gary Sanchez Productions is Ferrell and Adam McKay's production company and they're the guys who have given us Eastbound & Down, Step Brothers, Anchorman 2, Drunk History and almost everything that comes from Funny or Die. Enough said.
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