A creepy project that has already had a number of go-rounds — including an iconic 1956 movie and a 1985 TV movie, not to mention the original novel — is being resurrected for another TV effort.
The project is “The Bad Seed.” The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that Lifetime has the project in the works for a TV movie. The original 1954 novel was by William March, and the story became a play that same year.
The 1956 theatrical version, directed by Mervyn LeRoy, made a powerful impression on audiences at the time. The movie starred Patty McCormack as Rhoda Penmark, the little girl who is the title character.
ABC tackled the story in 1985 as a TV movie.
THR reports on the new Lifetime version: “From Warner Horizon Television, the drama centers on Kate, described as the perfect modern woman — a successful working wife and mother, always seeking to give the best life to her daughter. She is confronted with one problem she can’t overcome: her daughter is a relentless, murdering sociopath whose viciousness is matched only by her brilliance. Will Kate be able to learn the truth before it’s too late?”
Barbara Marshall (“Exorcism Diaries”) is set to write the script, the report notes.