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Lifetime orders The Bad Seed sequel co-written by teen star Mckenna Grace

A+E Networks-owned US cablenet Lifetime has greenlit a sequel to original movie The Bad Seed, which has been co-written by its teenage star, Mckenna Grace.

Tanya Lopez

Produced by The Wolper Organization and Front Street Productions, the as-yet untitled film is executive produced by Grace, Mark Wolper (Bates Motel, Roots), Ross Burge and Crystal Burge.

Louise Archambault (Catastrophe, This Life) directs from a script written by Barbara Marshall (Girl in the Basement), Grace and Ross Burge.

The Bad Seed, which premiered in 2018, is based on the novel of the same name by William March and the play by Maxwell Anderson.

In the follow-up, Mckenna reprises her role as a 15-year-old girl who is living with her aunt after her father’s death. Filming in Vancouver, The Bad Seed sequel will premiere in 2022.

Tanya Lopez, executive VP of scripted content at Lifetime, said: “When Mckenna came to us with a spec script she wrote, we were blown away with her vision for the next instalment and thrilled we could greenlight it and reteam with her and Mark Wolper.

“This is an incredible Broader Focus [Lifetime’s initiative to cultivate women’s talent in the media] moment to have such in a talented young star stretch her abilities beyond acting into writing and executive producing.”


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