To be honest, if any other project were this confusing right off the bat, we would have ignored it by now. But the idea of it is...Just. So. Good! Will Ferrell. Kristen Wiig. LIFETIME MOVIE. This is what dreams are made of, people.
And so we bring you this small update today from Michael Feeney, a spokesman for Lifetime's parent company, A & E, who tells E! News today:
"We are disappointed that our secret project with Will and Kristen was leaked and the network is determining the fate of the movie."
"DeterminING?" So...in the words of Jim Carrey in Dumb & Dumber...You're saying there's a chance?
No one else is commenting for the time being.
(Or caring that we've pulled out all our hair.)
In case you missed what is one of the most bizarre and frustrating stories in months, here's what happened:
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news about A Deadly Adoption on April 1, so skepticism was high. But E! News was able to confirm the project exists and was set to air as part of the 25th anniversary of Lifetime's original movies. Ferrell and Wiig apparently already filmed the movie set to air this summer as a send-up to the movies Lifetime became famous for. 90210's Jessica Lowndes will play (or maybe not?) a pregnant woman who moves in with Ferrell and Wiig's characters because of their plans to adopt her unborn baby. But things take a turn…a deadly turn.
Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez Productions produced the TV thriller with Rachel Lee Goldenberg behind the camera as director and a script from Andrew Steele.
After the news was reported, Ferrell released a statement to EW saying the movie was off. "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," his statement read.
The idea that Ferrell and Wiig would spend months working on a project, and then instantly scrap it—and would have the legal authority to instantly scrap it—seems so far-fetched. But then again, so did the initial news that they were doing it in the first place.
Bottom line: This movie may or may not be happening. But if this is another Happy Endings type situation, we're definitely quitting TV coverage to go and write about soup.