Harmony Korine is probably the last director that anyone would ever expect to repeat himself, so when people started to talk about the possibility of a Spring Breakers sequel last year, it seemed pretty unlikely. On the other hand, the movie is easily his most successful film to date; it made over $31 million worldwide while none of his previous movies even cracked $1 million. Last year Korine himself revealed that he was contemplating a remix cut of the film, but we haven’t heard much more about that project. Now this week it has been announced that a sequel is indeed in the works, and although Korine himself will not be writing or directing it, the script is being written by Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting). Hit the jump for more details.
The news comes courtesy of Screen Daily, who report that Wild Bunch will begin shopping a Spring Breakers sequel at Cannes this month. The movie is tentatively titled Spring Breakers: The Second Coming, and it will be directed by Swedish director Jonus Akerlund (Spun) from a script by Irvine Welsh. No word on whether or not Harmony Korine will have any involvement as a producer.
They claim that it will feature a mix of old and new cast members, although it does not seem likely that James Franco will return. It is not being envisioned as a direct sequel and instead the Spring Breakers will be back to “do battle with an extreme militant Christian sect that attempts to convert them.” It seems like the project could still go either way, but at least they have assembled a writer and director that could potentially do the original justice. Would you watch a Spring Breakers sequel that doesn’t involve Harmony Korine or James Franco?