It didn’t take long for William March’s 1954 killer kid novel The Bad Seed to be turned into a film, which came just two years later in 1956. The novel was re-adapted into a made-for-TV movie back in 1985, and today we’ve learned that yet another adaptation is on the way.
The news comes courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, the site reporting that the female-driven Lifetime Network is currently developing a second small screen adaptation of March’s novel. Barbara Marshall (Exorcism Diaries) will pen the script for The Wolper Organization’s Mark Wolper (Bates Motel).
The drama centers on Kate, described as the perfect modern woman — a successful working wife and mother, always seeking to give the best life to her daughter. She is confronted with one problem she can’t overcome: her daughter is a relentless, murdering sociopath whose viciousness is matched only by her brilliance. Will Kate be able to learn the truth before it’s too late?
At the 1957 Academy Awards, the original adaptation of The Bad Seed was nominated four times in three categories, including Best Actress in a Leading Role (Nancy Kelly), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Eileen Heckart and Patty McCormack both nabbed nominations), and Best Cinematography (Harold Rosson).
It’s interesting to note that Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel) was at one point attached to direct his own big screen take on The Bad Seed, which he described as a brutal new spin on the classic novel. He intended to turn the story’s pint-sized killer into a bonafide horror icon, like Freddy, Jason and Michael Myers.