Bad Seed, The: Rob Lowe’s TV Retooling of the 1956 Psychological Thriller

McKenna Grace, who made strong impression Gifted and as the young Tonya Harding in I, Tonya, plays the title character in Lifetime’s The Bad Seed, Rob Lowe’s retooling of the 1956 psychological thriller about Nature Vs. Nurture.

Grace had recurring roles on ABC’s Designated Survivor as President Tom Kirkman’s daughter, on Netflix’s Fuller House, and will next be seen in the Netflix series The Haunting of Hill

Patty McCormack, who played the young girl in the original movie, also will appear in the remake, starring, directed and executive produced by Lowe.

The parent’s gender has been changed from the 1956 feature version, and the book and play the movie was based, where the mother was played by Nancy Kelly.  In the series, Lowe plays a single firm, in-control father.

When a series of crimes at his daughter Emma’s school, he is forced to question everything he thought he knew about his beloved daughter. He slowly begins to question if Emma’s behavior is just a façade and 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.

McCormack will play the psychiatrist who treats Emma. She received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for playing the evil young daughter in the feature, as did Kelly for playing her mom.

Lowe, who directs from Barbara Marshall’s script, exec-produces with Mark Wolper and Elizabeth Stephen.


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