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James Franco blasts 'Spring Breakers' sequel: 'It will be a terrible film'

6/17/2014
James Franco blasts 'Spring Breakers' sequel: 'It will be a terrible film' © AP / James Franco James Franco blasts 'Spring Breakers' sequel: 'It will be a terrible film'

By Matthew Bramlett
TheWrap

James Franco is absolutely not on board with the news that "Spring Breakers" is getting a sequel.

Franco, who played Alien in the first film, took to his Instagram account Wednesday to offer his viewpoint on the news that music-video director Jonas Akerlund will helm "Spring Breakers 2: The Second Coming" with "Trainspotting" writer Irvine Welsh writing the script.

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"This is not being done with Harmony Korine or my consent," Franco wrote. "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."

The full message on Instagram is below:

STATEMENT ABOUT SPRING BREAKERS 2: This is not being done with Harmony Korine or my consent. 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. It will be a terrible film, with a horrible reason d'être: to make money off someone else's creativity. Can you imagine someone making the sequel to "Taxi Driver" without Scorcese 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 feature an extreme Christian militant group who tries to convert a band of Spring break-loving teens. Film distributor Wild Bunch is planning on shopping the sequel at Cannes, which has been described by Wild Bunch co-founder Vincent Maraval as, "not a direct sequel although there are allusions to some of the characters in the original."

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