James Franco has been called a hypocrite by Spring Breakers 2 producers after the actor blasted the upcoming sequel as ‘weak’, predicting that it would be ‘a terrible film’.
As ENTmania! reported, the Spring Breakers actor had said on Instagram, ‘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.’
Franco’s main issue with the movie sequel is that it was not being done with his or Spring Breakers director Harmony Korine’s consent.
But producers Chris and Roberta Hanley shot back at Franco in an interview with Variety on Thursday.
‘Let’s see if I can remember all of the sequels James has done,’ mocked Chris, listing The Great and Mighty Oz, Spider-Man, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes as examples. ‘And he’s pushing hard to help set up the Pineapple Express sequel. I guess he thinks only ‘too big to fail studio films’ are the artistically valid ventures.’
‘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 continued. ‘The next spring breakers will make the first one look like some Disney girls trying to get a new lease on life.’