One week after it was revealed that a sequel to Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers was in the works, James Franco has come out to blast the upcoming film and excoriate anyone involved who's "jumping on board a poison ship."
Franco posted his official statement about the "terrible" film Spring Breakers: The Second Coming on Instagram and stressed that neither he nor Korine, who also wrote the original film, would be involved in its creation. "This is not being done with Harmony Korine or my consent," wrote the actor and upcoming documentary subject. "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," continued the actor. "It will be a terrible film, with a horrible reason d'être: to make money off someone else's creativity."
Franco also compared Korine's film with another movie about a violent life in a big city. "Can you imagine someone making the sequel to Taxi Driver without Scorcese [sic] 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."
The sequel will reportedly find another group of spring breakers battling with an "extreme militant Christian sect that attempts to convert them." "It's not a direct sequel, although there are allusions to some characters in the original," said Vincent Maraval of Paris-based production company Wild Bunch. None of the original Spring Breakers stars (Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine) are attached to the movie. It's unlikely that Franco will be making a cameo in the film.