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Harmony Korine to direct film of controversial book Tampa

The Spring Breakers director has taken on the satirical, erotic tale of a disturbing teacher-student relationship

Harmony Korine will write and direct a film adaptation of the controversial Alissa Nutting novel, Tampa, which explores a teacher’s slow seduction and grooming of a 14-year-old student.

The Gummo and Spring Breakers director announced during a Q&A at the Miami Beach Cinematheque that he was currently working on the provocative project. Tampa traces the story of Celeste Price, a 26-year-old teacher who remorselessly pursues a student of hers in eighth grade. Nutting’s writing is described in an official synopsis “as sexually explicit, virtuosically satirical, American Psycho-esque rendering of a monstrously misplaced but undeterrable desire”.

Back in February, Korine’s filming of The Trap was halted due to reported personal problems with actors involved. James Franco, Al Pacino, Idris Elba, Benicio Del Toro and Robert Pattinson are all set to star in The Trap. While that’s paused, Korine said he's taken on Tampa, while also working on a comedy he described as a cross between a Cheech & Chong movie and the 1973 film Scarecrow, according to The Playlist.