The 1956 psychological horror-thriller about an evil child, The Bad Seed, is being remade by Rob Lowe (Parks and Recreation) for Lifetime. Deadline has reported that McKenna Grace (I, Tonya, Designated Survivor) will be playing the lead role as the troubled girl with murderous tendencies. Patty McCormack, who earned an Oscar nomination for the same role in the original film, will return as the girl’s psychiatrist.
Based on a play which was originally a best-selling novel by William March, this new iteration was written by Barbara Marshall (Wish Upon) and switches the gender of the distressed parent from a mother who’s husband is away on military duty to a single father, played by Lowe.
The synopsis for the film reads:
“Lowe will star as a father who seems to have everything under control. But when a terrible tragedy takes place at his daughter Emma’s school, he is forced to question everything he thought he knew about his beloved girl. He slowly begins to question if Emma’s exemplary behaviour is just a façade and whether she played a role in the horrific incident. When more strange things begin to happen, he’s faced with keeping a terrible secret to protect Emma, but ultimately must stop her from striking again.”
The Bad Seed (1956)
Lowe will also executive produce alongside Mark Wolper (Bates Motel) and Elizabeth Stephen (The Detectives Club: New Orleans).
Being penned by the writer of Wish Upon does not bode well for this movie, as it was largely criticised for its poor writing as a horror film. It’s possible that having an already established script to go off will help with this though, as plot events likely won’t tray too far from the original.
On the other hand, Grace has been generating a lot of buzz despite her young age. She’s given fantastic performances in her recent roles and is also lined up for Netflix‘s The Haunting of Hill House series, so there’s little doubt that she’ll be great in a role like this.