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Franco blasts Spring Breakers 2

Spring Breakers star James Franco has hit out at the sequel, saying that he has nothing to do with it.

The Oscar-nominated actor, who starred in the original film alongside Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez, used his Instagram account to criticise the upcoming follow-up.

He said that he and Harmony Korine, who directed and wrote the first movie, had not given it their approval.

"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 capitalising on that innovative film to make money on a weak sequel," the 127 Hours actor said.

"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'etre: to make money off someone else's creativity."

The 36-year-old, who currently stars in the Broadway production of Of Mice And Men opposite Chris O'Dowd, continued: "Can you imagine someone making the sequel to Taxi Driver without (Martin) Scorsese and (Robert) 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."

The 2012 film, which followed four college girls on their spring break, made around 31 million US dollars (£18.5 million) worldwide and competed for the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival.

Spring Breakers: The Second Coming, which has Irvine Welsh attached to write, will follow a new cast of party animals battling an extreme militant Christian sect trying to convert them.

Production company Wild Bunch has said that the film is "not a direct sequel, although there are allusions to some of the characters in the original."

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