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Annapurna Pictures Goes 'Spring Breakers' With Harmony Korine's Latest

by Kevin Jagernauth
September 4, 2012 3:29 PM
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John Hillcoat, Wong Kar-Wai, Kathryn Bigelow, Paul Thomas Anderson, David O. Russell, Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman. To say that Megan Ellison and her Annapurna Pictures have impeccable taste in filmmakers would be an understatement, and the shingle is now adding another acclaimed name under the banner.

Literally minutes after it has finished screening for press at the Venice Film Festival (our review is coming shortly), Annapurna Pictures has snapped up the U.S. rights to Harmony Korine's zany "Spring Breakers." Starring James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine, Heather Morris and Gucci Mane (!?) with Cliff Martinez and Skrillex scoring the film, and Randall Poster serving as music supervisor, this is certainly Korine's most "professional" effort to date. But the premise is distinctly his own. Here's the official synopsis:

SPRING BREAKERS tells the story of four sexy college girls as they plan to fund their spring break getaway by burglarizing a fast food shack. But that's only the beginning... At a motel room rager, fun reaches its legal limit and the girls are arrested and taken to jail. Hungover and clad only in bikinis, the girls appear before a judge but are bailed out unexpectedly by Alien (James Franco), an infamous local thug who takes them under his wing and leads them on the wildest Spring Break trip in history. Rough on the outside but with a soft spot inside, Alien wins over the hearts of the young Spring Breakers, and leads them on a Spring Break they never could have imagined.

Annapurna isn't a traditional distributor and will need to partner up with someone to get the movie into theaters. And so far, they have found a common ally in The Weinstein Company, who helped release "Lawless" last week, will get "Killing Them Softly" into theaters in October, and are on tap for "The Grandmasters" whenever that gets finished.

No release date yet, but sorry buyers, you can take this one off your list for TIFF.

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  • BEF | September 4, 2012 7:05 PMReply

    I hope that Annapurna rescues Charlie Kaufman's musical with Nic Cage, Jack Black and Steve Carrell.

  • Carl | September 4, 2012 4:11 PMReply

    The Proposition was fine as far as Sam Pekinpah rip-offs are concerned. And I guess it made Hillcoat look prescient when better filmmakers like Andrew Dominik, Coen Brothers and PT Anderson made revisionist westerns two years later. But that doesn't mean he stacks up to them, The Proposition is better than 3:10 to Yuma but Hillcoat is more in the league with James Mangold than PT Anderson for sure

  • Mass | September 5, 2012 7:44 AM

    I disagree. John Hillcoat is a fantastic director. I haven't had the chance to see Lawless yet, however based on his last three pictures, I wouldn't say he's anything short of fantastic. "The Proposition was fine as far as Sam Pekinpah rip-offs are concerned." Did we see the same film? Rhetorical question. Point is, it's not a rip off of anything Pekinpah did. If so, could I trouble you to list down a couple of his pictures that were directly, as you put it, "ripped off"?

    I enjoyed The Proposition more than I enjoyed Andrew Dominik's effort in 07 (which I still thought was terrific.) The Proposition holds up well, it's still the same great picture that it was in 2006, when I first saw it. A difference in opinion obviously, however your opinion is in the minority... so, you can take your worthless opinion and shove it up your ass.

    Take care now. :)

  • BEF | September 4, 2012 4:56 PM

    I agree with you, and the Mangold comparison is appropriate. Nothing wrong with that. "The Proposition," though a fine enough film, didn't age as well once the revisionist westerns you mentioned came about. Honestly, how did "Lawless" make it into the Cannes line-up? It's not bad, it chugs along and is mildly agreeable, but to be lumped in with these auteurs he should've at least added something to the genre. Reading his interview on here the other day, it seemed like what he thought he was adding to the genre is that they're not career gangsters and have families.... really? That's it?

  • carl | September 4, 2012 3:46 PMReply

    John Hillcoat, Wong Kar-Wai, Kathryn Bigelow, Paul Thomas Anderson, David O. Russell, Spike Jonze, Charlie Kaufman, Harmony Korine... Which of these things is not like the others? All of them have made at least one really awesome movie, in many cases more than one, except John Hillcoat. I still don't understand why this guy gets lumped in with the rest of these 'Actual Best Filmmakers Working Today'

  • MAL | September 4, 2012 3:51 PM

    Carl, have you seen "The Proposition"? It is nothing less than awesome.

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