With the cult novelist on board, the project will shop for backers at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
When the end credits rolled on Spring Breakers last year, it didn’t seem like sequel material – all in all, things were pretty neatly tied up at the end of the original. Don’t worry, this article is completely spoiler-free. According to Vincent Marabal, speaking for French production company Wild Bunch, Spring Breakers: The Second Coming (a working title) will not be a direct sequel, but it will reference some of the original characters. The French powerhouse studio will be pitching the project at Cannes this year, according to MTV.
Apparently Spring Breakers caused enough of a stir to warrant a sequel.
Because director Harmony Korine is not on board this year (neither are any of the original, the studio has attached Swedish filmmaker Jonas Akerlund – the mind behind Lady Gaga’s Paparazzi and Telephone videos. So if nothing else, we can expect some continuity in the neon colour scheme. Akerlund will direct from a script by Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting, Filth) meaning the tone might get heavier, if anything. The plot summary, per Wild Bunch, proclaims: “the Spring Breakers doing battle with an extreme militant Christian sect that attempts to convert them.”
No word yet on whether any of the original cast members will return for the sequel. Last year, Spring Breakers seemed like an unlikely success. The movie, starring Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine and James Franco, centers on three bored college girls, willing to go to extremes to make enough money for a spring break trip. The four protagonists then get mixed up with a shady local named Alien and things escalate quickly. Shot on a $5 million budget, the controversial movie made $31 million in international profits and is already being pegged as a cult hit. Apparently, spring break really is forever.
Franco, at least, isn't likely to return.