'Spring Breakers' Sequel Written by Irvine Welsh in the Works

The follow-up isn't expected to involve James Franco or original director Harmony Korine

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It's hard to follow up a gangsta, Britney Spears-singing James Franco, but a sequel for the demented 2012 film Spring Breakers is in the works. According to Screen Daily, the second installment will be directed by Jonas Akerlund (Spun) from a script by author Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting), though neither Franco or original director Harmony Korine are currently involved in the project. 

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"It's not a direct sequel, although there are allusions to some characters in the original," says Vincent Maraval of Paris-based production company Wild Bunch, noting that the film's cast will be a mixture of new and familiar faces. None of the original Spring Breakers stars (Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine) are attached to the film, though Maraval's vague statement doesn't emphasize which actors will reprise their original roles. 

The original film was – at least for Korine's standards – a rare dalliance with the mainstream, utilizing a high-profile cast and semi-large budget. But the plot was still twisted, even compared to his earlier, more experimental work (like Trash Humpers and Gummo), with Franco starring as Alien, a rapper-gangster who bails out a group of rowdy girls from prison and takes them under his shady wing. 

Even if there won't be any Aliens involved in the sequel (titled Spring Breakers: The Second Coming), it's still shaping up to be a weird, wild ride. The basic plot finds another group of Spring Breakers battling with an "extreme militant Christian sect that attempts to convert them." 

Along with Wild Bunch, the film is being produced by Muse Productions and Mars Films.