James Franco -- whose ass recently graced the cover of Flaunt -- has certainly been very forward about this arty inclinations whether it be a mediation on "My Own Private Idaho" or a deconstruction of "Three's Company." His more cerebral endeavors found him hooking up with indie enfant terrible Harmony Korine for some kind of street gang project earlier this year. While we'll have to wait to see the fruits of that endeavor, the duo are pairing up for a feature film project. And it sounds like the most normal movie Korine has ever done in his life.
Set to be written and directed by Korine, co-starring Emma Roberts and planned to shoot next spring break, the movie will center on four college-aged girls who decide to rob a fast food restaurant in order pay for the annual getaway, and who get thrown in the slammer once they get there. Sound dull? Wait, it gets better. Franco will play a rapping drug and arms dealer who bails out the girls, and coaxes them to kill his nemesis named Arch. James Franco + rapping = we're there.
But this is weirdly the most mainstream thing Korine has ever done, though the casting is delightfully odd. This is another project in an already busy year for both Korine and Franco. The director premiered his short film collaboration with Die Antwoord “Umshini Wam,” created an ad for Indian megacorp Mahindra, is working on a short film with Val Kilmer that will form part of a Dogme-esque omnibus project, and shot a fashion campaign video for Proenza Schouler.
As for Franco, he starred in "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes," and has spent the year busily filming Sam Raimi's "Oz The Great And Powerful," and the indie flicks "Maladies," "The Stare" and "Cherry." And oh yeah, he went to Venice and premiered his Sal Mineo biopic "Sal," and released an EP of questionable music, in addition to a zillion other things he has going. Yet, Franco-ites will recall, "Spring Breakers" won't be the first time he's played a drug dealer, a role he seems to specialize in. [Variety]