It seems a little pretentious to think the 2012 movie, written and directed by Harmony Korine, is worthy of a raison d’être.
It was basically beach party bingo on steroids. Co-stars Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine spent most of the time in tiny bikinis.
Critics like it enough to give it a 65 percent rating on rottentomatoes, which tracks reviews, even though 60 percent of those who saw it didn’t like it.
Spring Breakers: Non-Stop Bikinis
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Still, the film grossed more than $30 million on a $5 million production budget, making it solid sequel material.
Franco’s problem is that neither he, nor Harmony Korine have anything to do with it. “Spring Breakers 2: The Second Coming,” is being produced by
Wild Bunch, a French film distribution and international sales company.
The company has distributed and sold films such as Woody Allen’s “Cassandra’s Dream” and “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” as well as Steven Soderbergh’s “Che,” “The King’s Speech” and “The Artist.”
Doesn’t exactly sound like a cheap, exploitation-flick company. It’s French origins may explain Franco’s use of the florid term raison d’être.
“The original was wholly Harmony’s creation and these producers are capitalizing on that innovative film to make money on a weak sequel,” he said on Instagram.
“It will be a terrible film, with a horrible reason d’être: to make money off someone else’s creativity,” he explained.
“Can you imagine someone making the sequel to ‘Taxi Driver’ without [Director Martin] Scorsese’s and [Robert] DeNiro’s consents? Insanity!”
Ah.. excuse me, but “Spring Breakers” is no “Taxi Driver.” Still, he’s got a point. The picture had a Korine’s signature look and feel.
Wild Bunch is currently shopping around the sequel at the Cannes Film Festival.
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