Will Ferrell was apparently just joking about canceling his Lifetime movie with Kristen Wiig. A billboard announcing the premiere date for "A Deadly Adoption" recently popped up in Hollywood, and it seems that the actors never actually canceled the movie.
In April, reports hit that Web that Ferrell, 47, and Wiig, 41, were going to create a Lifetime movie. “A Deadly Adoption” would depict the comedians as a couple who want to adopt a child. They care for a pregnant woman (Jessica Lowndes) whose baby they hope to adopt. The movie was set to be “campy and fun and a contemporary wink at the genre,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. It seems like it could be a direct parody of a 2007 Lifetime movie called “The Last Trimester.”
However, the actors wanted the project to be a surprise. Ferrell preciously claimed that they were canceling the film because the news leaked. “We are deeply disappointed that our planned top secret project was made public,” Ferrell told Entertainment Weekly. “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.”
It seems that the “Anchorman” actor was deceiving audiences with his announcement. A billboard popped up in Hollywood this week promoting the film. Wiig, Ferrell and Lowndes are pictured on the advertisement along with the premiere date, June 20. The tagline reads, “The birth of a plan gone wrong.”
A Deadly Adoption, everyone. pic.twitter.com/hsQ5Oom5av
— Rebecca Ford (@Beccamford) June 3, 2015
The date has a typo in it. June 20 is a Saturday, not a Sunday. Most Lifetime movies premiere on Saturdays, and sources told the Hollywood Reporter that the film would indeed premiere on Saturday, June 20.
The billboard, however, is the only promotional piece for “A Deadly Adoption” that has gone public. The movie still isn’t listed on Lifetime’s website, there are no social media pages dedicated to the film and no press materials have been released.
This won’t be Wiig and Ferrell’s first time teaming up for a parody. The duo previously teamed up for “The Spoils of Babylon,” an IFC miniseries that spoofed the epic miniseries of the ‘70s and ‘80s. “A Deadly Adoption” reunites the actors with “Babylon” screenwriter Andrew Steele.
“A Deadly Adoption" will premiere on Lifetime on Saturday, June 20. What do you think of Ferrell and Wiig's attempt to keep the film a secret? Was it genius or too deceptive? Sound off in the comments section below!