“Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig say they are scrapping plans for their secret Lifetime movie after news of the project leaked online Wednesday night,” report our good friends James Hibberd and Lynette Rice on the website of Entertainment Weekly.
The story continues: “ ‘We are deeply disappointed that our planned top secret project was made public,’ Ferrell said in a statement to EW. ‘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.’ “
But according to The Hollywood Reporter and other media outlets, the film has already been shot. So why does the statement say “we thank Lifetime and all the people who were ready to help us make the film”?
EW also notes that reports say the film has already been shot, and thus, says EW, “it’s unlikely Ferrell and Wiig have any control on whether it ever makes it to air. ‘The only leverage Ferrell has is Lifetime not wanting to piss him off,’ says one observer. ‘But what difference does it make if they piss off Ferrell? He will never work again with Lifetime.’”
EW continues: “The timing of the leak was suspicious because the news broke on April Fools’ Day. Nevertheless, it seems unlikely the project will go away. Lifetime could still run the film without their stars’ blessing, assuming the cable network owns the rights. The situation remains uncertain.”
As previously reported, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the film Ferrell and Wiig made for Lifetime was called “A Deadly Adoption,” and is a dramatic thriller about “a successful couple who house and care for a pregnant woman (played by ’90210′ alum Jessica Lowndes) with the hopes of adopting her unborn child — then things quickly go awry. The movie is described as campy and fun and a contemporary wink at the genre that comes as Lifetime is poised to mark the 25th anniversary of its TV movie business.”