6:06pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig Film Secret Lifetime Movie 'A Deadly Adoption' (Exclusive)
This is no April Fools' joke.
Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig have teamed for a top secret Lifetime movie called A Deadly Adoption, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Set for a likely early summer debut, Ferrell and Wiig star in the dramatic thriller as a successful couple who house and care for a pregnant woman (played by 90210 alum Jessica Lowndes) with the hopes of adopting her unborn child — then things quickly go awry. The movie is described as campy and fun and a contemporary wink at the genre that comes as Lifetime is poised to mark the 25th anniversary of its TV movie business.
The two-hour TV movie has already been filmed and is being executive produced by Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez Productions. Ferrell, as it turns out, is a huge fan of the Lifetime movies and always has wanted to make one himself. The movie hails from Mar Vista Entertainment and National Picture Show. Rachel Lee Goldenberg (Escape From Polygamy, Love at the Christmas Table) will direct the two-hour pic that's based on a script from The Spoils of Babylon's Andrew Steele. It marks a reunion for Steele with Ferrell and Wiig, who both starred in the IFC miniseries.
Steele, Sharon Bordas, Fernando Szew and Jessica Elbaum will also executive produce.
For its part, Lifetime kicked off its TV movie business in July 1990 with Memories of Murder. The franchise has included With This Ring, Whitney Houston entry Whitney, Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B and more.
Ferrell is repped by UTA, Mosaic and Jackoway Tyerman; Wiig is also with UTA and JackowayTyerman. Lowndes will next be seen in Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant. She'srepped by CAA, Aperture Entertainment and Sloane Weber.