In 2018, Rob Lowe directed a Lifetime adaptation of The bad seed with McKenna Grace (Ghostbusters: Afterlife) in the lead role. Now Grace is reprising the role of the young murderer in The bad seed returnswhich will make its lifetime premiere on Memorial Day (Monday, May 30e). A trailer for The bad seed returns has been released and can be seen in the embed above.
Grace wrote the screenplay for The bad seed returns with her father Ross Burge and Barbara Marshall, who wrote the film ’18. Louise Archambaut (Disaster) made the sequel. grace plays
Emma, 15, a seemingly typical teenager who is anything but. Several years after the deadly events of the first film that left her father dead, Emma now lives with her Aunt Angela and navigates high school. Angela’s husband begins to suspect that Emma may not be as innocent as she looks and suggests sending her to boarding school. Meanwhile, a new girl at school seems to know Emma’s secrets, leaving Emma with no choice but to go back to her old ways and take care of her enemies by any means necessary.
Grace also executive produced The bad seed returns with Ross Burge, his mother Crystal Burge and the first film’s executive producer Mark Wolper. Grace and Ross Burge, an orthopedic surgeon, wrote the first draft of the screenplay while stuck at home during the pandemic lockdown.
Lifetime’s Tanya Lopez told Deadline,
When Mckenna came to us with a spec script she wrote, we were blown away by her vision for the next episode and thrilled to be able to give it the green light and team up with her and Mark Wolper. It’s an amazing time to have such a talented young star stretching her abilities beyond writing and executive producing.
The bad seed returns was produced for Lifetime by The Wolper Organization and Front Street Productions, and is the first production for Grace’s company Beautiful Ghosts Productions.
The 2018 version of The bad seed was a reimagining of the 1956 psychological horror film The bad seed (watch it HERE), which was itself based on a novel by William March and its stage adaptation by Maxwell Anderson. There was also a 1985 film based on the story.
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