James Franco Is Rebooting 'Mother May I Sleep With Danger' & His Lead Actor Is A Perfect Fit
I see you, readers. I see you on those days you stayed home sick and watched Lifetime movies while curled up with chicken noodle soup and ginger ale. And James Franco sees you too, so he cast Tori Spelling in his reboot of cult classic Mother May I Sleep With Danger , according to US Weekly. Spelling was in the original 1996 made-for-TV movie, in which she played Laurel Lewisohn, a teenage girl who finds the boyfriend of her dreams in Kevin Shane (Ivan Sergei). Everything goes great for Lauren and Kevin until she wants more space and he starts getting aggressive. Luckily for Laurel and the weak hearts of viewers, her mother, Jessica (Lisa Banes) figures out there is more to Kevin than meets the eye, and so (decades-old spoiler!) she gets her daughter to safety before Kevin (who is actually a guy named Billy) psycho-kills her.
According to Vulture, James Franco is not planning to appear in the remake he is co-producing with Lifetime and Sony, but I can only hope he changes his mind. A film that was that much of a cult classic deserves that Franco touch. In fact if Franco could appear in remakes of all cult classics spawned from horrible movies, it would be ideal. Could these four tried-to-be-serious-films-but-instead-became-instant-cult-classics be next?
1. The Evil Dead (1981)
With the time-old tale of a group of youngsters heading into a cabin in the woods and getting murdered by the evils of the darkness, The Evil Dead does not dissapoint. This horror movie directed by Sam Raimi and starring Bruce Campbell was not the greatest film of all time: the acting was weak, the violence was a little too much, and the budget was low. Despite the downsides, though, The Evil Dead began a franchise of four movies and a television show.
2. The Room (2003)
Tommy Wiseau showed his stuff as a director, producer, and actor in this love triangle drama. The film is famous for having a terrible script, a cast of unknown actors, and terrifying sex scenes but despite this, it has become a cult classic with screenings all over the country.
3. Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)
In 1978, authors Harry and Michael Medved published a book entitled The Fifty Worst Films of All Time. After years of mail asking them why they hadn't included the black-and-white science fiction film, Plan 9 From Outer Space, the brothers published a second novel The Golden Turkey Awards which, to many fans' happiness, labeled Plan 9 as the "worst film of all time," according to The Dissolve. With that title, it's clearly a must-see.
4. Showgirls (1995)
My Catholic-schoolgirl side is almost embarrassed to write about this movie due to its NC-17 rating and erotic drama-ness. Starring Gina Gershon and Elizabeth Berkeley (Spano from Saved by the Bell), the movie was an instant flop depicting the skeezy world of Las Vegas cabaret. Though Berkeley had trouble coming to terms with the movie, it probably helps that 4,000 people showed up to watch the film at an outdoor screening Hollywood Forever Cemetery last year.
Will any of these cult classics ever receive a reboot? I hope not — sometimes you just shouldn't mess with an original. Still, no offense, Franco —I'm sure Mother May I Sleep With Danger is going to be diggity-dope.