When you think "classic films that definitely warrant a remake", made-for-TV movies are generally not at the top of the list. I mean, let's be real here, no one's waiting on the remake of Liz & Dick, right?
Well, if there's anything to know about James Franco, it's to expect the unexpected, so in hindsight, we really should have seen this coming.
Franco is remaking the 1996 TV movie Mother, May I Sleep With Danger? starring the one and only Tori Spelling, and Ivan Sergei. Here's the poster for this gem:
Now, the plot of original film is essentially your typical late '90s made-for-TV movie: Laurel (Tori Spelling) is in love with her perfect boyfriend, but, oops! He's actually a psychopath and the only one who can see it is her mother. Yes, it is also very close to the plot of the 1996 Reese Witherspoon/Mark Wahlberg thriller cinematic MASTERPIECE Fear, but it probably doesn't have a rollercoaster scene in it.
But like we said, you have to expect the unexpected when it comes to Franco, so it's not enough to remake this cult classic, he's gotta bring something new to the mix, like, say, making it a lesbian vampire film. Classic Franco.
Franco, who said recently that he is "gay in his art and straight in his life", will also star in the film, and has brought back Tori Spelling to play the mother. Also returning is Ivan Sergei, who played the psycho boyfriend in the original film, but there's no word on what his role will be just yet.
Leila George, daughter of Australian actress Greta Scacchi and Vincent D'Onofrio, will star as Leah, a college student who surprises her mother Julie with a new love interest, a woman named Pearl (played by Emily Meade).
According to Lifetime's official statement, which describes the film as a "vampire love story that brings a whole new meaning to 'sleeping with danger'", Julie wants to be on board with Leah and Pearl but "can’t shake the feeling that something is very wrong”.
This feeling then leads Julie to make 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?” the statement asks dramatically.
Speaking about the remake, Franco says that Lifetime came to him to ask if he'd like to recreate one of their movies like Will Ferrell did with The Deadly Adoption.
"I said yes, as long as I could change it a bit. It has some similar elements of the original but it’s completely revamped... You’ll have a very non-Lifetime movie on Lifetime.
Re-vamped. Get it? Because now it's a vampire film. Oh, Franco.
The film will premiere June 18 on Lifetime in the US.