Boy, is Franco mad – but the producers have hit back, labelling him a "sequel junkie" who uses Hollywood to finance substandard art
Spring Breakers: The Second Coming has been announced! Except it doesn't feature James Franco, Harmony Korine won't be directing and the screenplay is being written by Irvine Welsh. Not so much a sequel, then, more an adaptation loosely based on the success of the first film. Chris Hanley, who produced Spring Breakers, will work on The Second Coming with his wife, Roberta.
One person seething about the sequel is James Franco. In a post on his Instagram account, he wrote:
"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 De Niro's consents? Insanity! I'm speaking up for Harmony and his original vision and for any creative person who cares about preserving artistic integrity."
The producers have hit back, claiming that Franco is himself addicted to sequels as an easy ride into financing substandard performance art.
Speaking to Variety, Chris Hanley said: "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, and he’s pushing hard to help set up the Pineapple Express sequel. Franco is a sequel junkie in his own reality, embracing the too big-to-fail studio system that is his meal ticket to dilettante artistic sideshows, while he glibly attacks real independent filmmakers dedicated to independent points of view." Harsh.
The Hanleys have lent their production expertise to a number of cult classics aside from Spring Breakers, including The Virgin Suicides, Buffalo 66, American Psycho, and, um, the straight-to-video American Psycho II: All American Girl.
What do you think? Should a Spring Breakers sequel be made without Korine and Franco?