Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig's A Deadly Adoption Lives Again, Gets June Premiere Date on Lifetime

After statements to the contrary, the Lifetime movie starring SNL veterans is happening after all

By Chris Harnick Jun 03, 2015 2:26 PMTags
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Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig's secret Lifetime movie, A Deadly Adoption, is happening after all, E! News has confirmed. Did you have any doubt?

The TV movie is coming to Lifetime on June 20, despite all the talk and statements to the contrary. A billboard was spotted touting the movie's release. 90210's Jessica Lowndes, who appears in the movie alongside Wiig and Ferrell, also confirmed the news. The poster says Sunday, June 20, but June 20 is a Saturday, so...Is this another ploy to not get people to see the movie?! No. Lifetime tells E! News the movie is airing Saturday and the date on the poster is being corrected.

In A Deadly Adoption, the Saturday Night Live veterans play a married couple who welcome a pregnant woman (Lowndes) into their home with the intention of adopting her unborn baby. Things don't go as planned, obviously.

And now a brief recap of this absurd story: The project was first announced in April, but soon after the initial reports and confirmations surfaced, 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.

But then Lifetime said the movie wasn't quite dead. Michael Feeney, a spokesman for Lifetime's parent company, A&E, told E! News the network was "disappointed that our secret project with Will and Kristen was leaked and the network is determining the fate of the movie."


Here we are two months later and we have a giant billboard. Got all that?

A Deadly Adoption was already secretly shot when news of the project made headlines. The story goes Ferrell, who is a fan of Lifetime's movies came to the network with the idea and plans were formed to air it as part of Lifetime's 25th anniversary hoopla.

The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news on the movie and also spotted the poster.