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‘Mother, May I Sleep With Danger’ gets a James Franco remake

The actor is teaming up with Sony Pictures Television and Lifetime for a remake of the 1996 classic starring Tori Spelling

James Franco, the actor and creative polymath, likes to have some source material to work with. In the last couple of months, he’s announced plans for a making-of film about The Room, infamously dubbed “the best worst movie ever made”, called The Disaster Artist. He’s also releasing an album about The Smiths with his concept band, Daddy. And now he’s casting an eye on TV remakes.

The actor is teaming up with Sony Pictures Television and Lifetime for a remake of the 1996 classic, Mother, May I Sleep With Danger starring Tori Spelling. Sources say Spelling will very likely appear as the mother this time, while it’s not clear whether Franco will appear in the movie himself. 

The film is focused around Laurel, who has the boyfriend of her dreams, Kevin. While he does anything for her, he is too much and won’t leave her alone. Spoiler alert: when she tries to get distance he responds with aggression.

Vulture provided some TV history on the original: “NBC premiered the original MMISWD on September 30, 1996, as part of its powerhouse “Monday Night at the Movies” franchise, which in the mid-1990s successfully targeted Gen-X viewers (who were then mostly in their 20s) with titles about young folks in various form of jeopardy. The original telecast of MMISWD ranked No. 26 overall the week it aired, averaging 15.8 million viewers. Over the next two decades, the movie gained a cult following through repeated reruns on cable networks — including Lifetime.”

h/t Vulture