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Was Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig’s Lifetime movie just one big, elaborate April Fools’ joke?

on April 02, 2015, 9:13pm

Yesterday, news surfaced of an upcoming film starring Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig set to debut this summer on Lifetime to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the network’s first TV movie. The film, titled A Deadly Adoption, was described as a two-hour dramatic thriller about an adoption that goes horribly wrong. The Hollywood Reporter broke the story, emphasizing that despite it being April 1st, the project was not an April Fools’ joke.

Now, though, Ferrell has issued a statement declaring the project dead. “We are deeply disappointed that our planned top secret project was made public,” Ferrell said. “Kristen and I have decided 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.”

So was it all one big ruse? Admittedly, the idea of A-list actors such as Ferrell and Wiig starring in a Lifetime original movie seemed far fetched; however, if it was indeed an April Fools’ joke, they were able to get Lifetime to go along with it while also tricking both The Hollywood Reporter and Entertainment Weekly.

If that was the case, I imagine this to be Ferrell’s reaction right now:

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