Will Ferrell's Lifetime Movie Set for ATX Festival Screening

A Deadly Adoption Still 5 - H 2015
Courtesy of Lifetime

A Deadly Adoption Still 5 - H 2015

This is no April Fool's Joke.

Will Ferrell is set to headline a special screening of his 2015 Lifetime movie A Deadly Adoption at the upcoming ATX Television Festival.

The film, which co-starred fellow Saturday Night Live grad Kristen Wiig, was a top secret project Ferrell spearheaded in 2015 just as the cabler's TV movie slate turned 25. A longtime fan of Lifetime TV movies, Ferrell also executive produced the film through his Gary Sanchez Productions.

In Deadly Adoption, Ferrell and Wiig starred as a successful couple who care for a pregnant teen in hopes of adopting her unborn baby. However, things quickly go awry.

Rachel Lee Goldenberg (Escape From Polygamy, Love at the Christmas Table) directed the two-hour film based on a script from Andrew Steele (The Spoils of Babylon). 

Like the making of the movie, Lifetime kept the project tightly under wraps. When THR broke news of the project — two years ago to the day of ATX's April Fool's Day announcement — Lifetime said the film had been scrapped, only to promote it with a large billboard in Hollywood a few months later. Deadly Adoption nabbed 6 million viewers during its premiere weekend in June 2015.

However, it vanished as secretly as it was made and is no longer available legally on any platform. The ATX screening will mark only the second time the film has been shown on the big screen without commercial interruption.

Following the screening, Ferrell will participate in a panel with Steele and exec producer Jessica Elbaum. The screening is scheduled for Thursday, June 8.

The Deadly Adoption screening joins previously announced ATX reunions for The Comeback, Designing Women, thirtysomething, Northern Exposure and the writers of Alias. Other panels include This Is Us, Girls, Fargo, The Mick, The Leftovers, The Americans, Fear the Walking Dead, Playing House and Grace and Frankie, among many others.

The sixth annual ATX Television Festival is set to run June 8-11.