Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers Goes To Annapurna Pictures

Very few collectives appear to have the appreciation for cinema and its finest auteurs quite like Megan Ellison and her Annapurna Pictures. With Paul Thomas Anderon’s The Master firmly cemented as one of the auteur’s best films, and John Hillcoat’s Lawless making a home in theaters a week or so back, the company is having one hell of a run to start of its existence. And they have added yet another auteur to their list of partners, let alone one of their most iconoclastic and controversial.

The company has picked up the US rights to Harmony Korine’s latest work, Spring Breakers, just after the film debut at this year’s Venice Film Festival, making it one of the festival’s first major purchases. The film stars the likes of Vanessa Hudgens and James Franco, and based on the first couple of clips which arrived last week, the film appears to be as existentially driven as Korine’s last few films, just with a far different cast.

I’m a firm believer that Korine is one of the five greatest filmmakers this country has to offer, particularly following his masterpiece, the misunderstood Trash Humpers. The premise sounds interesting, and with the fantastic cast assembled here, one can only imagine as to just how great the film truly is. It’s set to bow at TIFF as well, so expect to hear a ton more about this film as it makes its way toward a theater, hopefully, near you.

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