The project is based on a screenplay by Elizabeth H. Vu, originally written in 2018. After being optioned three times, the rights returned to Vu, who decided to create an entirely new story from the original concept, retaining only the title “Midnight Never Sleeps.”

Director Maria Tran, known for her action genre work and innovative, community-led filmmaking practices, makes her horror debut with this film. With just six months until the shooting of her double feature Echo 8 Beyond and Five By Five, Maria, who splits her time between Australia and the United States, is part of a growing movement of Asian diasporic filmmakers exploring horror to tell untold stories.

The film stars Ana Thu Nguyen, a rising Vietnamese-Australian actor with notable credits including Suka (2023) and the highly anticipated Mortal Kombat 2, where she plays Queen Sindel.