'Spring Breakers' Sequel in the Works But Without Harmony Korine
Considering the story of last year's outlandish Spring Breakers doesn't really lend itself to a sequel, we're a little bit perplexed about this report from ScreenDaily saying that Wild Bunch is bringing the title Spring Breakers: The Second Coming to Cannes. But then again, since director Harmony Korine, who actually made a poignant statement in the film that wasn't legitimately glorifying guns and girls, isn't involved, it makes perfect sense. Instead, the project has Small Apartments director Jonas Åkerlund on board to direct with a script coming from Trainspotting and Filth writer Irvine Welsh. What's the story?
Well, in what sounds like Red State meets Spring Breakers, the logline describes the film following, "the Spring Breakers doing battle with an extreme militant Christian sect that attempts to convert them." With a script from Irvine Welsh, this has the potential to be a subversive sequel, but at the same time, producers seem desperate to link this to the acclaim for Spring Breakers saying, "It’s not a direct sequel although there are allusions to some of the characters in the original."
The idea of making a sequel to Spring Breakers just seems odd because anyone who was tricked into seeing the first film thinking it was something it's not by the MTV marketing likely won't be interested. Meanwhile, any of the cinephiles and critics who enjoyed and praised the film probably won't be interested without the presence of Harmony Korine. And will any of the old cast members actually return as the producers seem to desire? Anyway, the film is just now going to Cannes, so depending on how sales go we'll either see production move quickly, or may never hear of this project again. Do you want a Spring Breakers 2?