By Maurice Bobb
Grab your beach towels and popcorn, movie fans! "Spring Breakers," one of 2013's most polarizing and provocative films, is getting a sequel.
"Spring Breakers: The Second Coming" (a working title) is now under development by Paris-based production powerhouse Wild Bunch and, according to Screen Daily, already has a screenplay in place written by Irvine Welsh ("Trainspotting").
Unfortunately, controversial writer/director Harmony Korine won't be reprising his role as director this time out. Jonas Akerlund, a Swedish filmmaker with a music video background (Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi" and "Telephone"), has been tapped to sit in the director's chair for this one.
"Spring Breakers," which was centered around a pack of bored college girls who spring break in St. Petersburg, Florida, and take untold risks with a bizarre local named Alien to have a good time, was shot on a $5 million budget, but turned a profit with a $31 million worldwide gross.
Wild Bunch will seek to sell the film at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, describing the movie with the logline, "the Spring Breakers doing battle with an extreme militant Christian sect that attempts to convert them."
"It's not a direct sequel although there are allusions to some of the characters in the original," said Wild Bunch co-chief Vincent Maraval, adding there will be a mix of new and old cast in the production.
No word yet on which of the original cast members will return for the next round of drugs, crime and violence at the beach.