Check Out the Trailer for James Franco's Lesbian Vampire Lifetime Movie
Thanks to millennials’ pervasive nostalgia, reboots of old (i.e., mostly from the ‘90s and early ‘00s) films are having a moment—there are at least 25 vintage classics slated for production this year alone. While many of these remakes will surely stay true to their original source material, others will adapt to their twenty-first century audience. James Franco’s remake of the 1996 made-for-TV cult classic Mother, May I Sleep With Danger? definitely belongs in the latter category. Franco’s reinterpretation of the film, directed by Melanie Aitkenhead, is being released just in time for its twentieth anniversary, and it’s a bit different from the original.
The original MMISWD aired on Lifetime and starred Tori Spelling as Laurel, a teenage girl with a bad-boy boyfriend and a concerned mother. The Franco-produced remake will also air on Lifetime and includes a troubled relationship and a concerned mother—played by none other than Spelling herself—but that’s where the similarities end.
As Zoë Bleu, one of the film’s stars, told Milk last December, the revamped MMISWD is going to be “basically a lesbian vampire movie,” with Bleu featured as the lesbian vampire queen. The damsel in distress, instead of Laurel, is now named Leah, a first-year theatre major played by Emily Meade. Instead of a dangerous boyfriend named Kevin, Leah comes back from college with a (presumably) dangerous girlfriend named Pearl. Instead of a psychopathic killer, Leah’s love interest is a literal succubus and presumably, Leah’s mother has an issue with the relationship not only because of Pearl’s blood-sucking tendencies, but also because of her gender.
Despite the differences, the Mother, May I Sleep With Danger? reboot promises to be just as campy as the original. Catch the premiere on June 18 at 8 p.m. EST on Lifetime.
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