‘Spring Breakers 2′ in Development; New Writer and Director Onboard

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Listed alongside such divisive superhero blockbusters as Man of Steel and the arthouse title Only God Forgives, one film that made our roster of Most Polarizing Movies of 2013 is Spring Breakers. The latest feature by controversial writer/director Harmony Korine (Kids, Trash Humpers), Breakers features – among other things – such former Disney Channel stars as Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez, doing their best to leave their squeaky-clean screen images far, far behind them.

For those who aren’t familiar with the indie flick, it revolves around a pack of college-age women who head down to Florida, in order to join in the annual booze-fueled mayhem that is the state’s Spring Break festivities. Their quest becomes even crazier – and, in turn, dangerous – once they cross paths with a bizarre local, known as Alien (played by James Franco, doing his best physical impersonation of the rapper Riff Raff).

Spring Breakers was by no means a breakout success; besides splitting critics over whether it’s exploitative trash or stinging commentary, the film only grossed some $31 million worldwide, albeit on a $5 million budget, so it turned a profit.

A sequel is now being developed, under the title Spring Breakers: The Second Coming. However, so far, Korine is not reported to have anything to do with the project; nor, for that matter, is it clear yet which (if any) of the original film’s cast members will return for the next round of breaking spring (though, based on what happened the last time, it seems safe to assume that not everyone will be back).

Screen Daily reports that the “Paris-based sales and production powerhouse” Wild Bunch will be selling a handful of intriguing future movies (here, the word “intriguing” being equivalent to either “provocative” and/or “high-art pulp”) at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, including new projects by directors Paul Verhoeven (Showgirls, Starship Troopers) and Abdellatif Kechiche (Blue is the Warmest Color), as well as the Maniac Cop prequel/remake and the Spring Breakers sequel.

Spring Breakers 2, according to the article, already has a screenplay in place, as written by Irvine Welsh – author of such gritty social commentary novels-turned films as Transpotting, Filth, and the upcoming Porno. The project likewise has a director attached in Jonas Åkerlund: the Swedish helmer, who comes from a music video background that includes the videos for Metallica’s “Turn the Page” and “Whiskey in the Jar” as well as Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” and “Telephone”.

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James Franco as Alien in ‘Spring Breakers’

Korine’s original Spring Breakers is certainly one strange beast. As a whole, though, it’s a film that’s the cinematic equivalent to a pop song that embodies the vulgarities of the modern youth party mentality and trashy pop culture – whether it’s a celebration, condemnation, and/or impartial portrayal of those things, depends on how you look at it. One thing it is not, however, is the transparent beginning to a franchise, which is why news of a sequel being in the works comes as… well, a surprise, for certain.

Still, that doesn’t mean Spring Breakers 2 is a bad idea, per se. The film’s setup – described as “the Spring Breakers do battle with an extreme militant Christian sect that attempts to convert them” – could lend itself to a natural extension of the first movie, thematically; an examination of extremist ideologies in the present-day (i.e. unbridled hedonism vs. religious extremism). The Second Coming will also include “a mix of new and old cast in the production,” so it could wind up feeling closer to a standalone feature, more than a continuation of the first installment.

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We’ll keep an eye out for additional updates on Spring Breakers: The Second Coming.

Source: Screen Daily

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  1. So basically, another horrendous movie that doesn’t need or deserve a sequel gets one ahead of Dredd and Pacific Rim.

    Huh. Why am I not surprised by Hollywood’s craziness? Do they have random movie titles on various dartboards and whichever one they hit while blindfolded gets a second shot at finding critical praise and box office glory?

    • Well generally a movie that makes money at the box office, like Spring Breakers, has a better chance at having a sequel greenlit as compared to a box office failure, like Dredd. The fact that you personally like Dredd doesn’t make it any less of a commercial failure or any less of a bad movie.

      • +1

      • Plus the fact that it’s a lot cheaper to make a movie like Spring Breakers, compared to Pacific Rim.

      • Yeah, don’t get me wrong, I want a Dredd sequel as much as the next guy, but it’s COMPLETELY understandable why most movies are getting sequels over Dredd, regardless of quality. Dredd tanked at the box office, you can’t blame Hollywood for not wanting to take the risk of a second box office bomb.

        Regardless of how critics or audiences feel about the quality of a movie, it’s not an unfair assumption to base what the general public wants to see off of what movies are making the most money. It’s fair to think that’s what most people want to see more of. So a movie like Dredd not making much money, I can understand why they would think most people wouldn’t want to see a sequel.

  2. This is like announcing a sequel to ‘Ishtar’

  3. Seems to me the title of this article should have mentioned Irvine Welsh, which is the only reason I’ll follow this likely pile of poop.

  4. I’m pretty sure NO ONE was demanding a sequel for this movie.

  5. The first one could’ve been good. And had points where it should’ve been good. But the tone of the movie was horrendous. And it was so…boring.

    Definitely does not deserve a sequel.

  6. I hope Ashley Benson is in it. She was great in the original.

    I found the film so over the top I had to like it. “Switch off your brain and enjoy the ride” should be the tag line for this next one.

  7. I loved Spring Breakers! Amazing flick with great performances and cinematography,easily one of the best of last year. Not sure about this sequel though.

  8. LOVED Spring Breakers, but it should NOT get a sequel. That is a standalone film if I ever saw one.

    Interesting story, I was at Best Buy getting a case for my phone when I came across the movie on DVD for like $7 so I said f*** it and decided to buy a copy. When I got to the register the cashier was like, “Have you seen that movie?” And I was like, “yeah, I love it” and she said, “it was a piece of s***”.

    There’s some anecdotal evidence about how split people are.

  9. I bet Kofi is loving this news.

    • No, I think the first one is a brilliantly subversive piece of arthouse. Doesn’t need a sequel that’s a cheap commercial knockoff that’s going to be literal in its ridiculousness whereas the first film was subverting youth culture fantasies.

      No thanks.

  10. Guy in the top picture with all the babes oughta be flying around the room screaming, “I’m cuckoo for Coco-Puffs!” I know I would be.

  11. Ugh.. No thanks. Disgusting!

  12. More Amber Benson is a bikini? Sign me up!

  13. the first one was garbage, from the crap acting to the crap story all the way to the crap POSER-TUNES of dub step (there’s a reason why “dub step” and “dog s***” start with the same letters, and it’s not just because of it’s mainstream mentality…) why the hell is there even consideration for a merit to a sequel?..

  14. I felt like the first one was at least trying to make some sort of statement about this generation by showing how messed up some of them are. I do think some people were probably looking too much into it, making it out to be some sort of artistic film, but I definitely do feel it had a message.

    Which is why I wouldn’t doubt that a sequel with a different writer/director will pretty much be glorifying the behavior the first movie was making a statement about.

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