Lifetime UK has snapped up the UK pay-TV rights to Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig’s upcoming TV movie A Deadly Adoption, TVWise has learned. The two-hour film will debut in the channel’s Thursday night 9pm Lifetime Drama Specials block on August 6th.
Described as something of a campy parody of Lifetime TV movies, A Deadly Adoption is “based on a true story” and follows a successful couple who house and care for a pregnant woman during the final months of her pregnancy with the hopes of adopting her unborn child. The drama is produced by Mar Vista Entertainment & National Picture Shows and stars Will Ferrell (The Spoils Of Babylon), Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) and Jessica Lowndes (90210). Rachel Lee Goldenberg directs from a script written by Andrew Steele. The executive producers are Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Sharon Bordas, Fernando Szew, Andrew Steele and Jessica Elbaum.
The project, which is being produced for the US Lifetime network to mark the 25th Anniversary of their move into original TV movies, has been shrouded in secrecy from day one. It was only after production had wrapped a couple of months ago that word of the TV movie leaked out in The Hollywood Reporter, with the other trades subsequently confirming the initial report. Ferrell’s production company, in an attempt to quell the firestorm of press, issued a statement claiming the movie had been pulled. Lifetime finally broke their silence on A Deadly Adoption earlier this month when they announced it would premiere in the US on June 20th.
A Deadly Adoption is the latest TV movie that Lifetime UK has acquired as part of a concerted effort to mirror the output of their US sister network as much as is possible. As part of said strategy, the channel has previously acquired and aired such TV movies as The Grim Sleeper, starring Michael O’Neill and Dreama Walker; the Mira Sorvino fronted Stephen King adaptation Big Driver; Drew Peterson: Untouchable, starring Rob Lowe; and, of course, Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever’ for Christmas Day.