Rob Lowe is set to direct, executive produce, and star in the remake the 1956 Oscar-nominated film The Bad Seed, Deadline is reporting.
In the Lifetime remake, Lowe will be playing the father of a young girl who the personification of evil. The role is a reverse from the original and from the book it is based on.
Nancy Kelly received an Oscar nomination for her role as the mother. Patty McCormack who played the role of Rhoda, the young girl, also received an Oscar nomination.
Barbara Marshall (Wish Upon) penned the script for the remake based on the novel by William March that has been adapted for both the 1956 film and the long-running Broadway play.
“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 behavior 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 film is now in negotiations over the film with Warner Bros. who owns the rights. Mark Wolper (Bates Motel) of The Wolper Organization and Elizabeth Stephen will executive produce along with Lowe. Casting is now underway with production set to begin in early 2018.