James Franco Is Turning The “Mother May I Sleep With Danger” Remake Into A Lesbian Vampire Thriller

Because of course he is.

James Franco is determined to prove his “gay-until-intercourse” creds: As King Cobra, his biopic about the murder of a gay porn producer, heads to Tribeca next week, he’s readying his remake of Mother May I Sleep With Danger for its release on Lifetime in June.

The classic TV thriller is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, so the net tapped Franco to write and produce a new version.

But how close will he hew to the original?


In 1996’s MMISWD, Tori Spelling played Leah, a teen whose mother is wary of her hot boyfriend (Ivan Sergei)—for good reason, it turns out.

In Franco’s version, Spelling is now the mom and Leila George (the daughter of Vincent D’Onofrio and Greta Scacchi) is Leah. Franco will also appear in the film (duh) as will Ivan Sergei in an undisclosed role.

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According to Vulture:

The film now has college-age theater major Leah (George) surprising her mom Julie (Spelling) with a new love interest— a woman named Pearl (played by The Leftovers alum Emily Meade, who also stars in Franco’s upcoming HBO series The Deuce.)

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“Julie tries to embrace the idea of Leah’s new love interest, but she can’t shake the feeling that something is very wrong,” Lifetime’s official log line for the movie reads.

“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?”

While Lifetime isn’t getting any more specific about the plot, it is calling the movie a “vampire love story that brings a whole new meaning to ‘sleeping with danger,’” so it’s probably a safe bet to assume Meade’s Pearl is a vampire out to pull a Twilight on young Leah.

Given that Franco says he was inspired by Will Farrell’s satirical Lifetime movie, A Deadly Adoption , we’re hoping its more spoof than legit Twilight fan-fic. Fifty Shades of Grey was bad enough.

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