Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell are starring in a secret Lifetime movie, which appears to be a send-up of the network’s overly dramatized films in the spirit of Sharknado.
The two-hour television movie was announced on Wednesday, but it doesn’t appear to be an April Fools Day joke. The movie has reportedly already been filmed and is executive produced by Ferrell and his friend and frequent co-worker Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions.
The secret Kristin Wiig movie may be taking a page out of the Sharknado concept, which was an over-the-top satire of campy sci-fi films. It appears the unnamed Will Ferrell/Kristin Wiig project will poke a bit of fun at Lifetime’s typical fare.
The Hollywood Reporter noted as follows.
“Set for a likely early summer debut, Ferrell and Wiig star in the dramatic thriller as 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.”
The project had a lot of help from Will Ferrell, who is reportedly a very big fan of Lifetime movies and had aspired to make one himself. He called on Andrew Steele, a writer and producer who worked on Saturday Night Live and the SNL movie The Ladies Man, to write the script.
While she’s awaiting the release of her secret Lifetime movie, Kristen Wiig has another huge project in the works. She is part of the all-female cast for the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, which reconnects her with Bridesmaids director Paul Feig.
The cast, which also includes Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, and Melissa McCarthy, got a big endorsement from original Ghostbuster Dan Aykroyd, who is largely responsible for reviving the popular franchise.
Aykroyd noted, “The Aykroyd family is delighted by this inheritance of the ‘Ghostbusters’ torch by these most magnificent women in comedy. My great grandfather, Dr. Sam Aykroyd, the original Ghostbuster, was a man who empowered women in his day, and this is a beautiful development in the legacy of our family business.”
There is not yet a release date for the Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell’s secret Lifetime project.
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