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?
While I agree with Franco on artistic integrity, and people making money off other people's ideas, his comparisons are ridiculous. Spring Breakers is no Taxi Driver, just as he is no DeNiro and Harmony Korine is no Scorsese!! Secondly, Mr. Franco...hello? This is Hollywood! You're complaining that they're creating a sequel just to make money! Were you not in several blockbusters and their sequels (Spider Man comes to mind) that were created to generate millions of dollars? Please Franco....if you hate it so much, go work at Starbucks or in an office somewhere....or better yet, start a nonprofit, so your self righteousness at least makes sense.
TheOct8pus on May 15, 2014
He should have made the Donnie Darko comparison instead. The sequel to that was a complete greed scheme.
SkylerB619 on May 15, 2014
I forgot that sequel even existed!
TheOct8pus on May 15, 2014
Richard Kelly is an okay director, Southland Tales was better than Donnie Darko, however they both suck, it's like saying get shorty is a good movie... they were films in early 2000 to get us to where we are now, but truly hold no real worth in the cinema world. The first Spring Breakers had interesting elements, but I think James Franco wishes he was Alien or whatever his character was named... Spring Breakers 1 &2 suck... just as much as the Bling Ring,. it felt like the same fucking movie...FUCK HOLLYWOOD
shane willett on May 15, 2014
I guess, but it wasn't widely publicized to my recollection.
OfficialJab on May 15, 2014
No. This movie was so bad.
Brian Ricci on May 15, 2014
shane willett on May 15, 2014
Well like it matters, the first one was shit. Fucking 40 minute movie edited into 90. "Hey guys lets replay this scene 5 times over".
Brian Sleider on May 15, 2014
Stay classy Hollywood.
DAVIDPD on May 15, 2014
I know this will never be more than a cult favorite but holy fuck that movie sucked
Jon Odishaw on May 15, 2014
I loved Spring Breakers, but I'm looking forward to see how this sequel turns out.
Nielsen700 on May 15, 2014
You make your bed, you lie in it. The rights were sold for profit, and now the rights are no longer yours to flex. Bye.
txJM on May 15, 2014
You already sucked the gun, Franco. Be prepared to swallow the bullet. (C'mon, SpringBreakers was so pretentious and a colossal waste of time.)
NicelyBuilt on May 16, 2014
I agree with Franco that this sequel should not be happening ... no matter who's involved - Korine and Franco included! The first half of the first movie was decent, but it fell apart so badly after that, dragging so much that I was sure it was a 3-hour movie by the time it was over. And the ending was so ridiculously over-the-top, without any explanation. I was waiting for the twist showing the "ending" as a drug-induced fantasy, followed by a flashback showing the reality of the girls actually getting slaughtered in short order. That could have made up for the slog getting there. If, for some unknown reason, I end up seeing this sequel - and I end up enjoying it - I can easily convince myself it's not a sequel; and that the Korine/Franco film never existed. (For the record, I'm a fan of Franco's work ... in general. Really liked him in Homefront with Jason Statham.) Anyhoo...
Christopher-J Carlson on May 19, 2014
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