Spring break is over, but the party hasn’t stopped for Spring Breakers. No, I’m not talking about the proposed sequel of sorts that Wild Bunch reportedly is bringing to Cannes this year. Instead, today an early investor in the Harmony Korine-directed 2013 bacchanalia has sued the producers for at least $1.39 million in damages over profits and monies due from the pic. “On or about February 16, 2012, Walker entered into a written contract with SBLLC (Spring Breakers LLC) whereby Walker put up $700,000.00 in financing for Spring Breakers in exchange for certain rights, including without limitation certain repayment and credit rights,” claims the 26-page Breach of Written Contract complaint (read it here) from Wicks Walker and his Division Films. The complaint names as defendants producers Chris Hanley and Jordan Gertner and their Muse Productions from the movie starring James Franco and Selena Gomez.
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EXCLUSIVE: Spring Breakers helmer Harmony Korine, on the verge of having his first breakout hit after a most eclectic career, has made a deal for his next film to be produced by John Lesher’s Le Grisbi Productions and DCM Productions. Spring Breakers will open wide this week through A24 after garnering a huge per-screen average in limited release, starring James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson and the director’s wife, Rachel Korine.
The title and log line of the new film are under wraps, but I’ve heard it involves a multi-generational family of criminals in the South. Spring Breakers producer Charles-Marie Anthonioz will also produce the film. This is likely to be Korine’s next directorial effort, but he is also developing projects with Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures; she bought Spring Breakers at Toronto last fall. Korine’s new jail-bait sex kittenesque heist film seems to finally have delivered on the commercial promise he showed with his early breakout film, Kids. Some of his follow-ups, including Trash Humpers, you could imagine David Lynch watching and going, “What the hell? This is really out there.” Lesher has long been a Korine supporter; he was his agent for many years at UTA and then Endeavor, before he took the top job at Paramount and then became a producer. Read More »