James Franco & 'Spring Breakers 2' Producers Sling Dirt at Each Other
by Ethan Anderton
May 15, 2014
Just over a week ago, we learned that Spring Breakers was getting a sequel in the form of Spring Breakers: The Second Coming. However, director Harmony Korine wasn't involved in the project at all, and Jonas Akerlund was set to direct the film from Trainspotting writer Irvine Welsh. Well, James Franco took to Instagram to blast the sequel, and let everyone know that the project was moving forward without Korine's permission, and he made a pretty bold comparison to complain about the mere existence of the sequel. But the producers, busy selling the film at Cannes, have already fired back at the actor. Read on!
First, here's a big banner on display at Cannes for the sequel (via Collider):
Now here's the juicy stuff. This is what James Franco posted with a photo on Instagram:
"STATEMENT ABOUT SPRING BREAKERS 2: This is not being done with Harmony Korine or my consent. The original was wholly Harmony's creation and these producers are capitalizing on that innovative film to make money on a weak sequel. I want everyone to know that whoever is involved in the sequel is jumping on board a poison ship. It will be a terrible film, with a horrible reason d'être: to make money off someone else's creativity. Can you imagine someone making the sequel to 'Taxi Driver' without Scorcese and DeNiro's consents? Insanity! I'm speaking up for Harmony and his original vision and for any creative person who cares about preserving artistic integrity."
Now as much as we love Spring Breakers (the film was one of my favorites of 2013), comparing it to Taxi Driver seems rather bold. While we agree that the film is just trying to cash in on how much acclaim the first film received, there's no guarantee that this film can't be good, especially with Welsh writing the script. And the producers believe in their film as Muse Productions' Chris Hanley has fired back, telling Variety, "Let’s see if I can remember all of the sequels James has done. ‘The Great and Mighty Oz,’ ‘Spider-Man,’ ‘Planet of the Apes’…I guess he thinks only ‘too big to fail studio films’ are the artistically valid ventures.” Despite his lack of knowledge about the title of Oz: The Great and Powerful, that's a pretty sold blow.
Anyway, Spring Breakers: The Second Coming is still in the works, and the producers show no signs of slowing down. The story sounds interesting as it follows the Spring Breakers doing battle with an extreme militant Christian sect that attempts to convert them. It would be interesting if Selena Gomez returned as Faith (she left the group in the middle of the movie), and ended up being involved in the proceedings somehow. We'll have to wait and see how the sales go at the Cannes Film Market to see if the sequel turns out to be something worth seeing. What do you think about all this?