James Franco is against Spring Breakers 2, producers respond [UPDATED]

[UPDATE 5/17/14] Chris and Roberta Hanley recently spoke to Variety regarding Franco’s comments. “Franco is a sequel junkie in his own reality, embracing the too big to fail studio system that is his meal ticket to dilettante artistic side shows, while he glibly attacks real independent filmmakers dedicated to independent points of view,” said Chris.

You should read the whole piece, it’s definitely worth a look.

[ORIGINAL STORY:] Yesterday, James Franco posted a photo of himself on Instagram in what appears to be some kind of art installation. Said photo was accompanied by a statement regarding the upcoming Spring Breakers sequel.

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.

That’s quite a mouthful! Personally, I like the idea of some vapid teenagers getting into urban warfare with violent Christians. But it’s certainly not in line with the previous film. Like everyone’s second favorite Transformers fan Nick Valdez put it, they’re already going in the wrong direction.

[via: Popwatch]