Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig Cancel Their Lifetime Thriller A Deadly Adoption

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We hope you’re sitting down, because the details of Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig‘s next project are a lot to process.

The Saturday Night Live alumni — who also co-starred in IFC’s The Spoils of Babylon — are reuniting for a Lifetime original movie. No, you didn’t misread that.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, Ferrell and Wiig are reuniting for A Deadly Adoption, in which they play a successful couple who take in a young pregnant woman (90210‘s Jessica Lowndes) and plan to adopt her unborn child — but this is a Lifetime movie, so you can expect things to go haywire pretty quickly.

The masterpiece, slated for a summer premiere, is being described as “campy and fun and a contemporary wink at the genre.” (In other words, an instant classic.)

UPDATE: Less than 24 hours after news of A Deadly Adoption broke online, its stars have decided to scrap the picture. Ferrell released the following statement to Entertainment Weekly:

We are deeply disappointed that our planned top secret project was made public. 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.

Well, that was fun while it lasted.

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25 Comments
  1. Kate says:

    I really, really wish this hadn’t been announced on April Fools’ Day. Even though the THR writer claims it’s not a joke, I’m afraid to let myself believe this is true.

  2. Et al says:

    Move over Citizen Kane. I can’t freaking wait for this.

  3. zordon says:

    I’m pretty sure it was THR’s April Fool’s joke.

  4. matty says:

    This sounds both glorious and hilarious! I am SOLD on it.

  5. Dude says:

    Cannot wait for this! Even though I assumed that every movie Lifetime has ever put out has been a wink at the genre. Does that mean they were serious?

  6. Ian says:

    This does sound absolutely hilarious. Like, in tears on the floor in pain kind of hilarious. The idea of a movie spoofing Lifetime movies starring these 2 airing on the actual Lifetime channel is genius already, not to mention this bizarre publicity campaign for it, so I think we can be sure the movie itself is going to be a pop culture goldmine.

  7. DL says:

    Is this seriously not an April Fool’s Day joke? I mean, I’m all for it, and it’ll probably be hilarious. Just seems so random!

    • DL says:

      Okay, after the “update” it’s pretty clear this was an April Fool’s ploy. Crazy how easily all these media news outlets bought into it, and how we, in turn, as readers, also fell for it. We’ve been good and well trolled. Thanks Will and Kristen. :-)

      • Dude says:

        We’ll see, the story on Entertainment Weekly also says the movie is already in the can and Lifetime may release it against their wishes. I can’t see them not releasing it if they paid for it so if no movie comes to light, we’ll know it was a prank. I don’t know why they can’t just say “April Fools” a day later though instead of pretending like “This was totally real and you guys all ruined it!”

  8. James says:

    Why not just say “April Fools”?

  9. Bruce_F says:

    April Fools jokes are supposed to be funny. This was just disappointing.

  10. Kim R says:

    It sounds like an April Fool’s joke to me as well. :)

  11. Jared says:

    Wait this a joke right?!?

  12. lorna says:

    Cannot stand wiig. Most irritating actress. Ever.

  13. Et al says:

    Didn’t the original thr story say it’d already been filmed? Total April fools joke.

  14. Erica says:

    I am shocked — SHOCKED — that this was an April Fools’ joke.

  15. Bob Backus says:

    Seems like a typical non-funny joke from these two. Boring.

  16. Iakovos says:

    Spoilers and internet reporting. Surprise seems to have been a desired endgame here for the stars, and if so, it is a shame the loss of surprise is something, along with privacy, our mass mass communication age has brought us.

  17. herman1959 says:

    April Fools (just a little late)!