12:22pm PT by Kate Stanhope
James Franco's 'Mother, May I Sleep With Danger' Remake Adds Vampire Twist, Announces Cast
James Franco's upcoming Mother, May I Sleep With Danger? remake is adding a few twists.
The Lifetime movie, which is based on the 1996 Tori Spelling telepic about a young woman with a dangerous and obsessive boyfriend, will instead focus on a vampire-infused, same-sex love story, the cable network announced Thursday.
When theater major Leah (Leila George) brings home the special someone in her life to meet her mom Julie, the family is met with a surprise when Pearl (Broad City's Emily Meade) comes to the door. Julie tries to embrace the idea of Leah’s new love interest, but she can’t shake the feeling that something is very wrong. Julie’s suspicions lead to a startling discovery about Pearl that puts Leah in serious danger. Will Julie be able to save her daughter from an eternity of heartache before it’s too late?
Nick Eversman (Wild) will also star in the telefilm, which will feature appearances by the original movie's stars Ivan Sergei and Tori Spelling, who will play Julie. Mother, May I Sleep With Danger? is set to premiere June 18 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Lifetime.
In addition to appearing in the remake, Franco penned the story for the project, with a script written by Amber Coney (Class). Melanie Aitkenhead (Franco's upcoming film Actors Anonymous) will direct, and Franco will exec produce with Vince Jolivette (Spring Breakers), Diane Sokolow (The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story) and Rachel Verno (The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story). The remake hails from Sony Pictures Television in association with Rabbit Bandini Productions.
Franco's collaboration with Lifetime, which will help mark the original film's 20th anniversary, comes on the heels of the network's surprise collaboration with Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig for A Deadly Adoption in 2015. That film drew more than 6 million viewers over its premiere weekend.