NXIVM Sex Cult Movie To Debut On Lifetime This Fall

Lifetime announced Monday that this fall it would premiere a movie based on the NXIVM sex cult saga, with actors including Peter Facinelli and Andrea Roth portraying some of the people involved, including the group's mastermind, Keith Raniere.

By Jair Hilburn

Nearly two weeks after self-help guru Kieth Raniere was convicted on all charges of sex-trafficking and coercion, Lifetime announced that they will be releasing a new movie based on the Raniere's "personal development company" NXIVM, and the abuse that a jury found went on there.

“NXIVM Cult: A Mother’s Nightmare” (the working title) will focus on the story of Catherine Oxenberg — who is also an executive producer — and her journey trying to save her daughter, India Oxenberg, from the cult.

The film is expected to star Andrea Roth, of “Rescue Me,” as Catherine, Peter Facinelli, of “Twilight,” as Raniere and Jasper Polish as India. Sara Fletcher will be playing “Smallville” star Allison Mack, according to Deadline.

Andrea Roth and Catherine Oxenberg

"Led by the extremely enigmatic Keith Raniere, Catherine can't help but shake the feeling there's more than meets the eye with the self-help organization," Lifetime said in a news release, according to E! News. “Despite Catherine's best efforts, India is drawn deeper into the cult, eventually joining a secret sorority of female members who are branded with the cult leader's initials, ordered to maintain a restricted diet and forced to recruit other women as sex slaves. ‘NXIVM Cult: A Mother's Nightmare’ tells the story of a mother who will stop at nothing to get her daughter back and exposes the intricate seductive power of Allison and Keith and the mental and physical abuse India fell victim to."


As of now, Judith Verno, Yfat Reiss Gendell and Richie Kern are to also serve as executive producers. Lisa Robinson will be directing the movie, and Adam Mazer will be writing the script, according to Deadline. The film is set to debut in the fall of this year.

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