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'Spring Breakers: The Second Coming' Producers Hit Back At James Franco, Make Fun Of His Blockbusters

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by Kevin Jagernauth
May 15, 2014 2:04 PM
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It's all fun and games until James Franco says your project will result in "a terrible film, with a horrible reason d'être: to make money off someone else's creativity." Those were the actor's words about "Spring Breakers: The Second Coming," but the producers aren't taking it lightly. They've hit back at the star of the first movie by mocking Franco's blockbuster choices in the past.

“Let’s see if I can remember all of the sequels James has done,” Chris Hanley of Muse Productions told Variety. “ ‘The Great and Mighty Oz,’ ‘Spider-Man,’ ‘Planet of the Apes’ ” he said, while also throwing in that “he’s pushing hard to help set up the ‘Pineapple Express’ sequel. I guess he thinks only ‘too big to fail studio films’ are the artistically valid ventures.”

While Hanley seems to misunderstand the difference between a sequel and reboot but it seems he was mostly digging at Franco for the various blockbuster movies he's done for some reason. And of course, one only has to look at the myriad of side projects and indie films Franco does to realize the dude approaches everything as if its artistically valid. But actually, Franco's mostly concerned about a sequel moving ahead without the consent of director Harmony Korine, with the followup instead being helmed by Jonas Akerlund and penned by Irvine Welsh.

“These aren’t weak or lame artists and I think our track record speaks for itself,” Hanley said of those picks.

But let's be honest, this is all about branding as much as his Muse partner Roberta Hanley claims they've "done nothing but smuggle important artists into Hollywood.” As Hanley points out, it's his property and he can do what he wants with it, because legally, they have the rights to "all prequels, sequels, remakes, animation spinoffs.” Sounds very artistically valid. 

As for Korine? “We had a great relationship with Harmony Korine and now we’re exploring a new incarnation of ‘Spring Breakers,’ ” said another producer Jordan Gertner. Alrighty, then.

More to come? Most likely, and we'll see how it affects sales (or not) at Cannes.


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8 Comments

  • Ummm | May 15, 2014 6:08 PMReply

    I'm just waiting for the reveal that Spring Breakers 2: Break Harder & this entire cat fight with the producers is - wait for it - actually another side-project by James Franco.

  • BEF | May 15, 2014 4:40 PMReply

    This seems silly for both of them to go at each other, seemhow Muse was a production company on the original film; also Muse has stamped some pretty good ones - Virgin Suicides, American Psycho, Buffalo '66 - over the years.

  • Rod | May 15, 2014 3:51 PMReply

    iffy territory here. Spring Breakers was a great cult film: all style, no substance, and damn entertaining. a dayglo neon nightmare, ala Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, destined for midnight Netflix viewings or college campus screenings. i take it the original filmmakers do not want to pursue a sequel but the producers managed to wrangle up some interesting talent to drum something up. irvine welsh is no slouch and his script should be appropriately hedonistic to at least pique a few palates. i wonder how all this will turn out...

  • JazzedKO | May 15, 2014 2:38 PMReply

    It's myriad side projects not myriad of side projects.

  • Cenk | May 15, 2014 3:15 PM

    Either works actually. It has both adj. and noun definitions.

  • Rick | May 15, 2014 2:14 PMReply

    Awful movie anyway. Strange anyone would fight over it.

  • Rick | May 15, 2014 2:29 PM

    I stated my opinion. No diatribe about what you should or shouldn't like. Just my opinion. So what's the problem here?

  • Shawn | May 15, 2014 2:23 PM

    Clearly it wasn't an awful movie. People would do well to learn the difference between quality and personal preference. More people liked Spring Breakers than didn't That puts you and others like you in the minority.

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