Spring Breakers 2 and Maniac Cop remake announced

Spring Breakers was the best film of 2013, so of course it’s going to get a terrible-sounding sequel minus Harmony Korine’s involvement. That’s just life’s way of destroying everything you love. Wild Bunch is the production company that made the announcement of Spring Breakers 2 along with a whole slate of films, part of which will have production details released during Cannes. As a testament to this being internet movie news, no one cares about Abdellatif Kechiche’s The Real Wound, Arnaud Desplechin’s Three Memories of Childhood, or Abel Ferrara’s Welcome to New York, because none of those films will allow sites to post pictures of bikini-clad Disney stars for that extra pageviews juice. I also fully admit that’s what I’m doing, because I’m not only ripping open the curtain the man is hiding behind, but also the man behind the curtain!

Spring Breakers: The Second Coming will feature the Spring Breakers battling an extreme militant Christian sect that attempts to convert them. Yes, this sounds like some sort of Lifetime movie, but stay with me here. Irvine Welsh wrote the script and Jonus Akerlund (Spun) is directing. Spun didn’t suck, but it wasn’t insanely brilliant like Korine’s films, so expect something interesting but just a hollow imitation. No word on returning cast members beyond declaring it not a direct sequel, but this is the kind of concept you don’t need them to return, you can easily get a whole new pack of Disney stars fresh off sitcoms and looking to foster a more mature image in an attempt to get more serious adult roles.

As for the Maniac Cop remake, it’s got a script finished by Ed Brubaker (Captain America 2) and is being produced by Nicolas Winding Refn (along with original director William Lustig), which makes me waaaaaay more excited than the Spring Breakers 2 news. The director will be announced at Cannes.

Wild Bunch also announced a new untitled Paul Verhoeven film, an adaptation of the book Oh! by Philippe Djian, a rape and revenge story. Verhoeven returning I am excited about, rape and revenge I’m not, almost everything possible with that scenario was done by all those direct to video films in the 80s and 90s.

Other films announced include Gaspar Noé’s Love and Isao Takahata’s The Tale Of The Princess.

Spring break forever!

via ScreenDaily

Spring Breakers

Spring Breakers are bad girls doing it well

Spring Breakers

One film that has been burning up the charts (the Internet charts, on the Internet!) is Spring Breakers, largely because it features several former Disney pop princesses turning bad girl and robbing a bank, in addition to James Franco being completely nuts. James Franco is basically playing MTV reality star Riff Raff, who says

“I sent him a few things. But all you gotta do [to see how I dress] is search through my videos. I got a pretty distinct style, with the braids, the jewelry.”

The plot:

Brit, Candy, Cotty, and Faith have been best friends since grade school. They live together in a boring college dorm and are hungry for adventure. All they have to do is save enough money for spring break to get their shot at having some real fun. A serendipitous encounter with rapper “Alien” promises to provide the girls with all the thrill and excitement they could hope for. With the encouragement of their new friend, it soon becomes unclear how far the girls are willing to go to experience a spring break they will never forget.

Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine play the law-breaking foursome.

Spring Breakers is written and directed by Harmony Korine (of Kids and Trash Humpers fame.) Those I know who saw it during one of the festival screenings raved. In fact, I’ve not seen a single negative review yet, and this is one of those films where if it was bad it would become a critical train wreck very fast.

The soundtrack is currently streaming.
The Red Band Spring Breakers trailer is here.

And below is a collection of publicity photos and posters for Spring Breakers. It opens wide March 22. Just in time for Spring Break!!!!!