We learned last week that the "Spring Breakers" party will continue in the form of a sequel to the 2013 sleeper hit. But the news was missing two chief elements that made the original such a sensation: James Franco and writer/director Harmony Korine.
Of course, Franco can't not make his presence known in the wake of such news, so the actor took to Instagram to express his disdain with a captioned photo:
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.
Perhaps Franco is especially agitated because there was talk last year of potential a "Spring Breakers" prequel. This is not that: The follow-up, titled "Spring Breakers: The Second Coming" and based on a script by "Trainspotting" author Irvine Welsh, focuses on what happens when the new partiers encounter "an extreme militant Christian sect that attempts to convert them," according to Screen Daily.
Music-video veteran Jonas Akerlund (Madonna's "Ray of Light," Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi") is set to direct "Spring Breakers: The Second Coming," which will be presented at the Cannes Film Festival Film Market.