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Spring Breakers producers hit back

Spring Breakers producers have hit back at James Franco over his claims the planned sequel is an attempt "to make money off someone else's creativity".

James starred with Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens in controversial director Harmony Korine's R-rated movie Spring Breakers about a group of girls who robbed a diner to fund a wild holiday.

Following the announcement of a sequel, Spring Breakers: The Second Coming, with an all new cast and director, James hit out on Twitter claiming "these producers are capitalising on that innovative film to make money on a weak sequel... It will be a terrible film."

Chris and Roberta Hanley of Muse Productions and Jordan Gertner of Hero Entertainment, who worked on the original film and are making the sequel have responded to Variety after Franco's comments.

"Let's see if I can remember all of the sequels James has done," laughed Chris Hanley, "The Great and Mighty Oz, Spider Man, Planet of the Apes... and he's pushing hard to help set up the Pineapple Express sequel.

"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," he said of the actor.

"The next spring breakers will make the first one look like some Disney girls trying to get a new lease on life."

Spring Breakers: The Second Coming, will not be a direct sequel, but a spin-off following a new cast of party animals battling an extreme militant Christian sect trying to convert them. It will be directed by Spun director Jonas Akerlund from an original screenplay by Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh.

Chris said: "These aren't weak or lame artists and I think our track record speaks for itself."

Jordon Gertner added that Muse and Hero "have all rights to all prequels, sequels, remakes, animation spin-offs," citing the European legal terms for ownerships.

Muse's previous films include American Psycho and Buffalo 66. Its upcoming projects include the film adaptation of Martin Amis's London Fields, starring Amber Heard and featuring Johnny Depp, and Michael Winterbottom's new film The Vatican Connection, based upon the true story of NYPD Detective Joe Coffey.

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