Lifetime's Next TV Movie: A Remake of 'The Bad Seed' (Exclusive)

The female-driven network is prepping a take on the William March novel and subsequent 1956 (and 1985) movie and telepic.
1954's "The Bad Seed"  Photofest

Hot off the heels of its Will Ferrell not-so-secret TV movie, Lifetime is prepping another high-profile project.

The female-driven cable network has put into development a remake of William March's novel The Bad Seed, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

From Warner Horizon Television, the drama centers on Kate, described as the perfect modern woman — a successful working wife and mother, always seeking to give the best life to her daughter. She is confronted with one problem she can’t overcome: her daughter is a relentless, murdering sociopath whose viciousness is matched only by her brilliance. Will Kate be able to learn the truth before it’s too late?
Barbara Marshall (Exorcism Diaries) will pen the script for The Wolper Organization's Mark Wolper (History's upcoming Roots reboot, Bates Motel).



Published in 1954, the book was adapted into the 1956 horror thriller starring Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormack, Henry Jones andEileen Heckart. It earned Kelly, Heckart and McCormack Academy Award nominations. The property was subsequently turned into a play of the same name by Maxwell Anderson and, in 1985, ABC remade it for television with Blair Brown, Lynn Redgrave, David Carradine, Carrie Welles, Richard Kiley, Chad Allen and Christa Denton starring.

The news comes after Ferrell and Kristen Wiig's A Deadly Adoption grossed 6 million viewers in its debut weekend and as Lifetime continues to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its TV movie business. The franchise has included With This RingWhitney Houston entry Whitney, Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B and more.

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