Well, we’ve got our answer: Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig’s Lifetime original movie A Deadly Adoption was not an elaborate April Fool’s joke. It’s an actual movie, which will air on Saturday, June 20th, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
News of the project first surfaced on April 1st, leading some to wonder if it was an April Fool’s joke (the idea of A-list actors like Ferrell and Wiig starring in a Lifetime original movie seemed far fetched, after all). That speculation was fueled further when, on April 2nd, Ferrell announced project had been scrapped after news was leaked to the media. “We are deeply disappointed that our planned top secret project was made public,” Ferrell said at the time. “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.”
However, this week, a billboard advertising the premiere of A Deadly Adoption appeared on Hollywood Boulevard. The Hollywood Reporter has since confirmed its veracity.
Filmed to coincide with the 25th anniversary of Lifetime, A Deadly Adoption is described as a “campy and fun and a contemporary wink” at Lifetime’s own genre of movie that simultaneously manages to be a dramatic thriller. The story follows a well-to-do couple (Ferrell and Wiig) who take in a pregnant woman (played by Jessica Lowndes of 90210 fame) in the hopes of eventually adopting the child. As will happen in a Lifetime movie, things take a dangerous turn when the situation spirals out of control.