Is Kristen & Will's New Movie A True Story?

by Rachel Simon

It might seem like one elaborate April Fool's Day prank, but thankfully, it's one hundred percent real: comedy icons Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell are starring in a Lifetime movie called A Deadly Adoption. Yes, the SNL alums are teaming up for a made-for-TV movie, and believe it or not, that's not even the most amazing part; they'll be playing married couple whose plans to adopt the baby of the pregnant woman they take in go terribly awry, thus giving the film its ominous title. It sounds wonderful and ridiculous, a sure-to-be-classic that's a perfect fit for the TV movie genre. And, like all Lifetime movies, the film's creation presents one big question: is A Deadly Adoption based on a true story?

(Update: According to a statement released by Ferrell himself and confirmed by Deadline, the project has now been scrapped as a result of reports about it's existence surfacing. From Deadline: "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."

As someone who was looking forward to this more than I look forward to cake on my birthday, THE GRIEF IS SO REAL.)

Thankfully, the movie is completely fake. Andrew Steele, the writer behind Wiig and Ferrell's IFC miniseries The Spoils of Bablyon, wrote the script for the two-hour fictional film, set to premiere early this summer. Made in honor of the 25th anniversary of Lifetime's TV movie franchise, Adoption is being described as a campy but high-stakes thriller, a purposeful nod to the dramatics of the network's now-iconic genre. Yet just because the film isn't based on one story in particular doesn't mean it doesn't share elements with a few Lifetime movies of years past, such as:

Baby for Sale

A married couple tries to adopt a baby, but finds out the child in question is part of a baby-selling operation and is being auctioned off to the highest bidder. They go undercover to bust the ring, but don't know if they'll ever get their child. The most nail-biting drama of 2003!

Abducted: The Carlina White Story

This 2012 Lifetime film is the ultimate adoption-gone-wrong story. Based on the true case of Carlina White, the movie follows a 23-year-old who realizes that the woman who raised her isn''t her birth mother, and, after an investigation, discovers that her fake parent had actually kidnapped her shortly after her birth.


A couple tries to get pregnant using in-vitro, but plans go awry when the husband's ex-girlfriend develops an obsession with him and impersonates his wife (played by Tori Spelling, of course) in order to get pregnant with his child. And that's the least crazy thing that happens in this movie.


In 2007, Desperate Housewives' James Denton starred as a widower who's forced to fight for custody of his adopted daughter when her biological father comes back into the picture.

The Last Trimester

Perhaps the most similar of all Lifetime's offferings, The Last Trimester is a 2006 film about a married couple who allow a pregnant woman to move in with them and plan to adopt her child. Soon after the baby is born, though, its mother — who had started to get a bit too, well, motherly — is found dead. Questions are raised, suspects are gathered, and secrets are revealed, all in perfect, cheesy Lifetime fashion.

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