Well, that was a fun 23 hours or so. As reported by Entertainment Weekly, Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig have decided to cancel A Deadly Adoption, their satirical Lifetime movie that was supposed to premiere this summer. Apparently, Ferrell is so disheartened that the project’s existence leaked out that he’s willing to completely scrap it—despite the fact that the whole thing has supposedly been filmed already.
Now, considering that A Deadly Adoption was announced on April first and canceled on April second, some may be ready to decry us as April Fools. However, both EW and The Hollywood Reporter (as of yesterday) are confident that the movie was a real thing that was really going to air on Lifetime. As far as we know, it is not—and never has been—an April Fools’ Day joke. The dates here are just a coincidence. Ergo, fools we may be, but not April Fools.
That seems to be the end of A Deadly Adoption, but this whole thing still seems pretty suspicious. Will Ferrell is swimming in a pool of Get Hard money right at this very moment, so it’s not like he can’t afford to make a Lifetime movie and then just throw it in the garbage, but why would Lifetime be fine with that? At the risk of looking like even bigger fools, we think this is all still part of the game. The original plan was probably to premiere the movie without telling anyone beforehand, but the news yesterday ruined that. Now, we’re willing to bet that Ferrell is saying he has given up on the whole thing just so they can still secretly premiere it with everyone thinking it has been canceled. Either way, we just want to see this damn movie, Ferrell.