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James Franco Says 'Spring Breakers' Sequel Will Be "A Terrible Film" That Makes "Money Off Someone Else’s Creativity"

by Kevin Jagernauth
May 15, 2014 9:03 AM
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James Franco isn't finished yet voicing his displeasure at the recently announced "Spring Breakers: The Second Coming"—one being made without the involvement of Harmony Korine or the original cast (instead Jonas Akerlund will direct with Irvine Welsh penning the script). Earlier this week, Franco hit social media to announce that the project is moving ahead without Korine's consent. And once again, the actor has hit the web to level more charges against the producers of the sequel, and he doesn't hold back.

On Instagram, wearing an Iggy Pop t-shirt, toque and sunglasses because Franco, the actor released a full statement, and his feelings are certainly unequivocal. Read on below: 

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.

Well said, Franco (but please no one tell him about the (still unreleased) "Raging Bull" sequel). As for Harmony, he has yet to weigh in on the matter, but hopefully we'll hear from him soon, or about his brewing potential project with Robert Pattinson.

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  • Clae | June 3, 2014 3:14 AMReply

    Say what you want about James Franco, but he has a point. Though, I wonder why the new writer-director crew hasn't spoken up about what they plan to do. How can it be a sequel if the only resemblance to the first film is the setting?

  • Matt | May 19, 2014 1:54 PMReply

    James Franco sucks Seth Rogen's dick. Little Bro Dave Franco from 21 jump street and Neighbors is a MUCH better actor. Oh and for the record, Spring Breakers was literally Terrible.

  • Robert Hunt | May 17, 2014 5:50 PMReply

    "A terrible film that makes money off of someone else's creativity"? I hope they put that quote of the Blu-Ray cover of "Interior. Leather Bar"...

  • Robert Pedigo | May 16, 2014 10:52 PMReply

    Hey ....paybacks are a mother

  • Buggy nuts | May 16, 2014 6:32 PMReply

    James got Jacked just like he jacked Riff Raffs style sounds like karma

  • nae | May 16, 2014 2:58 PMReply

    Understand this, you all don't understand james franco as a person or individual, not like he would want a hater like you to, anyway. Stop getting heated and h8ing on his grammar and movies.

  • soze | May 16, 2014 2:09 PMReply

    ugh... his grammar, punctuation... and it's 'raison d'être'... he needs to be less dumb if he wants to age well. Appropriating other languages incorrectly is THE worst.

  • Daniel | May 16, 2014 4:55 PM

    K nevermind, this damn thing doesn't how to put "les accents" on a damn letter

  • Daniel V. | May 16, 2014 4:52 PM

    Shut up, you still got it wrong. I speak French, it's raison d'être.

  • AirConditioningUnit | May 16, 2014 4:45 PM

    The way he used it is correct as well. 'It will be a horrible film, with a terrible reason d'être'. The film has a terrible reason for being. Reason = raison, for being = d'être. Furthermore, his punctuation and grammar were far better than yours, so before you decide to use sentence fragments and improperly placed prepositions to unnecessarily criticize someone else's relevant opinion, please be 'less dumb'.

  • Grim | May 16, 2014 8:05 AMReply

    Not sure why he cares, he gets to touch and fake shag hot girls all day.

  • Not a Pervert | May 16, 2014 7:24 AMReply

    While it was no Taxi Driver, I think the first Spring Breakers was an innovative and awesome movie. No, it didn't have an amazingly complicated storyline or much character development, but it did a great job showing the themes of corruption and violence through its cinematography and camera work.
    The sequel will likely just be a stream of gratuitous nude shots. Then again, that's what most people thought the original was anyway, so maybe it will be successful. I'm not seeing it, though.

  • randy | May 16, 2014 1:54 AMReply

    you people are nuts. Spring Breakers was an AMAZING movie. it has a huge cult following. its WAY ahead of its time. theres a reason its on a ton of critics top 10 of the year. cuz it was.

  • hitastic | May 16, 2014 1:19 AMReply

    Who cares?

  • Tyrone Hed | May 15, 2014 9:48 PMReply

    If there's one thing Franco knows, it's shitty movies. He has certainly been in enough shitty films to be considered an expert. In fact, making shitty movies is about the only thing he's good at.

  • dimitris arnaoutis oikonomakis | May 15, 2014 8:01 PMReply

    he has a point because the first one was such a great success... :p
    seriously now
    teens in a spring break half naked is a cool idea for a light sex comedy
    still it flopped
    so they insist on the idea but change the creative team
    anyone would think this way not just a holywood producer and would give the concept a second chance
    james franco is bitching a lot lately maybe the phone has stopped ringing

  • nae | May 16, 2014 2:53 PM

    I disagree, he is professionally outspoken &a very good very talented actor.
    He's funny and good, I like his acting.

  • Law | May 15, 2014 7:33 PMReply

    Why is everyone taking from this that Franco is comparing himself to ANYone? He is simply making a very simple, universally recognizable comparison to illustrate the nerve someone would have to rip off the creative property of others.

    Sorry... what I mean is. HE WAS TRYING TO MAKE YOU DUMBASSES out there understand with the rest of us! Bet you he's scratching his head right now saying, "are you kidding me?? How could I put it any simpler for you idiots to understand?"

    Answer, with some people you just can't James... Even you can't make everyone think.

  • lM | May 15, 2014 7:31 PMReply

    The original was a load of trash too. Nothing to see here....Move on!

  • Victor | May 15, 2014 7:24 PMReply

    Lol what I find hilarious is that people think he's comparing himself to Scorcese and DeNiro. What he's comparing is two groups of people who made original works, kinda like you drawing something then someone else takes it adds a few scribbles and calls it theirs without your knowledge. He was just referring to a famous work that people like and wouldn't want to see ruined.

  • skizz | May 15, 2014 6:34 PMReply

    What a self important douche nozzle. Comparing himself to young DeNiro...and Spring Breakers to Taxi Driver...Up yers Franco.

  • Taxi Driver-Spring Breakers YES Classics | May 16, 2014 2:53 AM

    Oh, NNNNNNOOOOOO! Some folks just don't get it. He wasn't actually comparing himself to De Niro or anyone else just making a valid point.

    Spring Beakers and Taxi Driver are both original and yes classics. Different types but still classics, and should never be touched. Just like someone making Pulp Fiction without Quentin Tarantino. Look what happened when they made 2 Arnold Schwarzenegger films recently, it just didn't work. Schwarzenegger isn't a great actor at all but there is something unique about him that when they tried it failed.

    By the way, De Niro worked with James Franco on the film City by the Sea in 2002 and De Niro hand picked Franco himself after seeing James Dean. Guess what, out of that movie the only person to win something was Franco. Franco went toe to toe with De Niro and was his equal even back then.

    With movies like James Dean, Milk, Howl, Pineapple Express, 127 Hours and Spring Breakers etc. Franco is a great actor not just as an actor but I think also as a director. His directed movies will become classics also.

    As the great Benicio del Toro quoted: In “Spring Breakers,” James Franco puts himself out there, takes a huge risk, and succeeds wildly.

    He is funny, dangerous, creepy and cute. He pops out of the screen in a movie that’s already popping out of the screen. I had a lot of fun watching him play Alien. There’s a satirical quality to the movie — at its heart, it’s a critique — and Franco knows this and his performance embodies the kind of guy whose life revolves around money, bikinis, sex, partying and nothing else. Alien is someone who loves what he does, which is being bad. James does it perfectly. He can play the Harrison Ford part and the Mickey Rourke part — often within the same performance. That’s hard to come by.

    I only hope Franco, De Niro and Scorsese work together soon.

  • Kristoffer | May 15, 2014 6:39 PM

    What? He's not comparing himself to DeNiro or any other person in any way..

    He's saying that a Taxi Driver sequel wouldn't be the same without Scorsese, and DeNiro's consent/work, how is that comparing himself to them, when he's speaking about the director, and writer of Spring Breakers, and not himself in any way..?

  • Grant | May 15, 2014 6:26 PMReply

    I could really care less, but if you're going to try and look smart by peppering in some French at least do it right. It's not "reason d'être." It's "raison d'être."

  • No one important | May 16, 2014 10:05 AM

    Pardon me, but, although I'm merely a student of French, I'm sure he used it right. "It will be a horrible film, with a terrible reason d'être" he's saying that the film has a terrible reason to be that of which makes money out of someone else's creativity.

  • Da Correcta | May 15, 2014 7:23 PM

    Hey Grant buddy.. you should have said "I could NOT care less". What you said instead was that you "could really care less" which would translate to you actually caring about it. Since you COULD care less that means you care to an extent. So next time and every time after that and every one of your friends that says it.. its "I could not care less!"

  • Peter Greenstone | May 15, 2014 6:32 PM

    Why do you care about it so much? You said you could care less. Did you mean to say you couldn't care less?

  • Grant | May 15, 2014 6:28 PM

    Sorry if your the spelling of etre is coming out wrong on your browser, the accent mark doesn't always play nice with web fonts.

  • JC | May 15, 2014 5:58 PMReply

    Wait, it wasn't already a horrible film???

  • Vince | May 15, 2014 8:07 PM

    Definitely. The fact that someone wants to make a sequel is horrifying.

  • James Franco | May 15, 2014 7:07 PM

    See, that's exactly what I was thinking before I even read the article.

  • mar | May 15, 2014 5:42 PMReply

    While I generally agree that the second coming is utterly unnecessary, Franco comparing himself & Korine to Scorsese and De Niro is unintentionally hilarious.

  • feelingpauly | May 21, 2014 5:54 AM


  • Muchacho | May 15, 2014 5:39 PMReply

    The first one would have made a great music video. As a film it was terrible

  • INDIEWIRE | May 15, 2014 5:35 PMReply

    So you guys probably have hundreds of articles complaining about remakes/reboots/sequels but when a popular figure takes a stand, you disagree? Doesn't that seem anti-indie spirit? It seems like at this point you guys will publish anything, including all the contrarian and indie-drama bullshit articles you guys wave around for maximum link clicks.

  • Delvin That Dude | May 15, 2014 5:25 PMReply

    So how do you explain the fact they stole the character from Riff Raff to begin with, thats like stealing someones wallet then getting mad that someone else stole the debit card out of it.

  • Dangeruss Statement | May 16, 2014 2:14 AM

    Franco didn't steal the look from Riff Raff; Riff Raff is just desperate to be attached to Franco, meaning Franco did something special/iconic that warrants someone becoming so desperate that they go on and on about it, even making a music video about Franco that has nothing to do with Franco but just using his name to build himself up.

    In fact, most people thought it was to do with Kevin Federline because of the Britney Spears reference in the movie.

    Time and Time again (I wish people will learn to read and take it in, or watch the video's of Franco in regards to this movie), Franco has stated it was based on a guy named Dangeruss, who Franco even directed his music video "Hangin with da Dopeboys" and Dangeruss is actually in the movie also singing this song with Franco.

    Heck, I trust Franco's judgment than Riff Raff''s since it is Franco's mind that decided the final outcome.

    Furthermore, just look at Lil Jon or Lil Wayne (who has a poster in the movie) plus lets not forget Sean Paul also. All have similar look to Franco's look but the most important thing is character which has absolutely nothing to do with Riff Raff.

  • Que | May 15, 2014 5:50 PM

    His character wasn't based on riff raff, they have said time and time again it was based on Florida rapper dangeruss. There's pictures of James Franco on set with dangeruss taking notes from him. There are some parallels to riff raff and alien in the movie but those are just parallels. Riff Raff isn't the first of his kind you know.?

  • brandi | May 15, 2014 1:15 PMReply

    the first one was a terrible film so....

  • Emperor Zerg Rush | May 15, 2014 11:33 AMReply

    "So what is it you're working on?"

    "Promise you won't say anything to anyone? It's a sequel to Raging Bull... except the guy is really thin. I'm talking really, REALLY thin."

    (Badly paraphrased from The Muse)

    I wouldn't be surprised if this does a complete turnaround and has Korine producing it before it's all said and done.

    If not, I'm wondering if we get another Skrillex/Cliff Martinez score for it or if their involvement was conditional upon certain others being involved (Franco, etc.) as well.

  • Spring Break 4ever | May 15, 2014 11:16 AMReply

    Spring Breakers is a masterpiece movie that truly confused a great deal of people. They went in, thinking Project X and because majority of people didn't know who Harmony Korine was or even bother to look him up, so they were truly shocked (It had Disney ladies so it must be similar to Project X right, mmmmmmmmmmm WRONG).

    Hence, the "worst movie ever", comments. This movie will be studied for years to come (already some classes are undertaking this), quite simply a classic. It deals with the social nightmare of our society today brilliantly.

    Franco, has stated many times before, that this is one of his best roles (he is truly passionate about this role, and I wish he earned him an Oscar nomination because he deserved it) ever, and in my opinion he's correct.

    He simply gave an iconic performance (that other actors should study) and no wonder that last year Alien's Halloween costumes were one of the top sellers, as well as fans getting tattoos, two rappers fighting over him saying he was playing me for over a year and how cute was that MTV Movie Awards dog dressed up as Alien.

    Seriously, he nailed this role (there are various degrees of iconic performances and this is one of them). The "Look At My Sheeyit" speech alone could never be repeated in the way Franco did it and what about the Britney Spears number (Franco deserves more awards for this role).

    Spring Breakers with Korine + Franco + Cinematography + Soundtrack = Classic! The ladies in this movie were alright too for what they had but acting wise Franco went above them all.

    This new Spring Breakers 2 should never happen (way too soon for a start), as it just wouldn't have the magic as the original, especially since it shocked and divided so many people. This Spring Breakers 2, unless they make it like Project X (which is what people thought the first one would be), to slightly separate it from the original then maybe it might work.

    However, Korine and Franco don't need to worry, their uniqueness of a movie will last 4ever, no matter how the new one turns out.

  • Fred | May 15, 2014 6:46 PM

    You're going way over the top, and yet I still kinda agree with you; I couldn't make head or tails of 'Spring Breakers' when I first saw it, but at the end of the year when I looked back, it was the one movie I remembered - so I had to make it my movie of the year. I still think of it every so often. That is the sign of a truly great movie.

  • Tiffany L | May 15, 2014 4:45 PM

    Couldn't agree more. I loved the movie and plan to watch it again in the future. It's one of those that makes you think and lingers with you long after you watch it.

  • tristan eldritch | May 15, 2014 10:08 AMReply

    In a funny sort of way, an unofficial cash-in sequel makes perfect ironic sense in relation to the original's b-movie aesthetics

  • Loz in Transit | May 15, 2014 9:41 AMReply

    Makes you wonder how many of the Disney audience were Korine-ized when they watched Spring Breakers. James Franco has always walked the balanced between both audiences, he has arguably the oddest cross section of admirers.

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