Film Fanatic: Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig News, Two Boston Marathon Bombing Films Coming

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Planned Liftetime Movie with Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig Canceled?

Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig had plans to make a movie for the Lifetime Network entitled A Deadly Adoption. Sounds like an April Fools joke doesn’t it? It was even announced on the infamous day, but as it turns out, the story was real according to The Hollywood Reporter.

THR also reported that the film had actually already been shot with plans to be released early in the summer. But with news of the movie being leaked, Ferrell and Wiig have decided to cancel the project all together.

In a statement to EW, Ferrell said, “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.”

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Are Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell doing a Lifetime movie together? Time will tell. | (tvguide.com)

Here’s the plot synopsis of what it would have been about:

“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.”

Surprises in the entertainment industry are as rare as they come with this thing called the Internet, but this sounds like it could have been great. Ferrell isn’t afraid to work outside the box with his projects. He previously starred in a spanish soap opera western called Casa De Mi Padre that was filmed entirely in Spanish and he worked with Wiig on the IFC miniseries The Spoils of Babylon.

A Lifetime movie parody would have been hilarious with these two comedy icons and just because they’re saying it’s canceled doesn’t mean it’s true. In fact, I’m calling B.S. on this story. I think they already filmed it, announced it was canceled to squash the story and will release it to everyone’s surprise and delight just like they originally intended.

Ferrell is full of surprises. He announced Anchorman 2 was happening as Ron Burgundy on Conan, recently played for 10 MLB teams in a charity event and did an interview with a bird on his shoulder. The man loves pushing the comedy envelope and this would be another great idea for him.

That or they really did cancel it and this is just wishful thinking on my part. I mean who wouldn’t want to see Ferrell and Wiig in this? Everyone loves them together. Everyone but Tommy Lee Jones. But he’s not the demographic.

 

Two Boston Marathon Bombing Films Coming

Two movies in production about the same topic isn’t a unique thing. We’ve had competing volcano movies, astroid movies, Snow White, two movies about the daughter of the president (randomly), White House action movies and currently there are two Jungle Book movies being made. But those were all essentially popcorn movies. The latest dual-movie story is one that touches on hard subject matter.

According to Deadline, CBS Films is currently moving quickly to make Patriot’s Day which follows Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis as he struggles to keep the city of Boston safe while attempting to find and capture the terrorists involved in the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. Movie star and Bostonian Mark Wahlberg is producing as well as possibly starring.

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Mark Wahlberg to produce and possibly star in second film about Boston Marathon Bombing. | (soundonsight.org)

News of this film is interesting considering there’s already a movie about the events being made by Safe House director Daniel Espinosa. Called Boston Strong, that film is already underway as the production wanted to shoot footage of the marathon taking place this month.

Both films are described as thrillers, but it will be interesting to see who Wahlberg gets to make his version. Patriot’s Day has the unique advantage of being partnered with 60 Minutes so the filmmakers can use their coverage to heighten the story.

Based on that information, this film has Paul Greengrass written all over it, but he’s about to make another Bourne film so that’s probably no happening. The timing of these two films is curious and frankly a little unseemly. Movies are made to make money first and foremost and two productions rushing to make a film based on such a tragic and very recent event is alarming.

I knew we would get movies about this event eventually, but so soon and two of them? Feels a little quick to me.

 

First Batman V Superman Trailer Attached to Mad Max: Fury Road

The most anticipated movie of 2016 is Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and fans of the upcoming DC film will get to see the first trailer when they see Mad Max: Fury Road when it opens May 15.

Collider reported the news this week after speaking with a Warner Bros. source. The trailer release is very strategic and smart on Warner Bros. part because Mad Max is their first big movie of the summer.

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We’ll be seeing footage of these two in action come May. | (variety.com)

It also comes out two weeks after Avengers: Age of Ultron so WB is anticipating the hype from that film to simmer a bit. Batman v Superman doesn’t come out until next March, but it’s still a good move to release the trailer in the heart of the summer to get people talking.

It’s also DC and WB’s first big step towards creating their own cinematic universe like Marvel. But instead of introducing each character in their own standalone film like Marvel did, WB is pushing all their cards to the center of the table by releasing a movie that has not only Batman and Superman, but Wonder Woman and Aquaman as well.

Film Fanatics were already excited to see the first Mad Max movie in nearly 30 years. Now, that event just got a lot bigger with Batman v Superman crashing the party.

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