A week after the sequel was officially announced, the first Spring Breakers 2 poster has been spotted by our correspondent at the Cannes Film Festival. The follow-up is titled Spring Breakers: The Second Coming and finds the titular Spring Breakers doing battle with an extreme militant Christian sect that attempts to convert them. However, the sequel is being developed without the involvement or consent of Spring Breakers writer/director Harmony Korine or James Franco, and the latter has been quite vocal about his opposition to the follow-up. Essentially, it’s an effort by the producers to take advantage of a recognizable brand. They hope to mix both old and new castmembers in The Second Coming, but it’s doubtful that any of the main actors from Spring Breakers will actually return.
Regardless, Spring Breakers: The Second Coming is being shopped to buyers at Cannes, and our correspondent was able to snap a photo of the billboard being used to promote the pic. Hit the jump to take a look at the Spring Breakers 2 poster and to read Franco’s full statement about the film.
Check out the Spring Breakers 2 poster below, snapped by Talia Soghomonian, followed by Franco’s statement about the film.
Here’s what Franco had to say about the Spring Breakers sequel, via his Instagram.
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 Scorsese and De Niro’s consents? Insanity! I’m speaking up for Harmony and his original vision and for any creative person who cares about preserving artistic integrity.