John and Laura Taylor (Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall) are a young, professional couple who desperately want a baby. After exhausting all other options, they finally hire Anna (Jaz Sinclair), the perfect woman to be their surrogate – but as she gets further along in her pregnancy, so too does her psychotic and dangerous fixation on the husband. The couple becomes caught up in Anna’s deadly game and must fight to regain control of their future before it’s too late.
On October 29, 2014, Sony’s Screen Gems hired Jon Cassar to direct the thriller When the Bough Breaks, which Robert Shaye and Michael Lynne were set to produce. On November 18, 2014, Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall were added to the cast to play the lead roles. On December 16, 2014, Jaz Sinclair signed on to star in the film. On January 8, 2015, Theo Rossi was added to the film.