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Rob Lowe is Directing and Starring In a Remake of ‘The Bad Seed’ for Lifetime

Rob Lowe is set to direct and star in a remake of the classic 1956 Oscar-nominated thriller The Bad Seed for Lifetime, writes Deadline.

Lowe will play the father of a young daughter who is the personification of evil.

The parent’s gender is being switched from the ‘56 feature version, where it was played by Nancy Kelly, as well as from the book and play the movie was based on. Kelly received an Oscar nomination, as did Patty McCormack for her role as the young daughter.

The reimagining of the cult 1956 psychological horror film is penned by Barbara Marshall (Wish Upon) based on a best-selling novel by William March that was adapted to a 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 project is currently in negotiations with Warner Bros., which owns the rights to the title.

Lowe, The Wolper Organization’s Mark Wolper (“Bates Motel”, “Roots”) and Elizabeth Stephen executive produce. Preliminary casting is underway with production eying an early 2018 start.



  • Creepshow
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  • turk

    Didn’t they already remake this with that McCauley Culkin movie?

    • Necro

      That’s actually an interesting question, ‘The Good Son’ is very similar to this. If anything I’d say it’s closer to a reimagining cuz there’s two kids involved in this one.

      • Adean

        The Good Son is terrible. I just rewatched it for he first time since childhood. It is NOT good. “The Bad Seed” has withstood the test of time mainly because of the phenomenal acting and writing. The moral code of Hollywood forced them to rewrite the ending though. In the original novel Rhoda got away with it.

    • Khy

      I loved The Good Son. One of my 90s favorites

  • IWC-3PO

    Good thing he’s playing the father because he would look silly with pigtails…

  • Right Is Right

    Dude’s too old to be playing dad to a tyke . . . grampa, maybe, but not dad.

    • Adean

      As a gay dude I can tell you, this man has aged like a fine wine. He is still well within his prime. He’s also a fantastic writer, unbelievably. His two autobiographies are very well written.

      • MeeGhoulz

        He… has two lifes!?!

  • Necro

    The original film was actually pretty good! I sat and watched it out of boredom one day and thinking it was going to be shit I was wrong! I’m usually against kids in Horror shows/films, but when they’re the killers or the possessed that’s when I’m for it. Patty McCormack was really good as the kid so I hope they cast a kid who can be truly evil. Not that this needs remade or anything!

    • lion7718

      This is a part for X-23

  • Creepshow

    That was soley for you buddy. Enjoy!

  • DukeStKing

    Remember ‘Bad Influence?’ With Lowe and Spader? Classic man!

    • Creepshow

      As far as Spader goes, 2 Days in the Valley is a grimy one.

      • DukeStKing

        Damn straight. Was pretty foul in ‘Less Than Zero’ as well.

  • Forca84

    This was also remade in 1985. I haven’t seen it. But I’m a fan of the original. Tho it tends to get stagey with the monologues. (Made in the 1950’s and based on a play.) Will be interested to see what they do with it if it is given a modern setting.

  • RedNeoCon


    Why waste money on avenues where horror films are being watered down? Could he not go to Netflix, Amazon, or even say Starz?

  • Evan3

    Oh how I had hoped Lowe was going to be playing the role of the little girl!

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