Pic starring Selena Gomez, James Franco set for spring release
producer. Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures announced on Sept. 4 that it had acquired domestic distribution rights to “Spring Breakers” but had not selected a distribution partner until Thursday. The movie stars Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine as college coeds in Florida along with rap star Gucci Mane and James Franco. Story follows the quartet of girls, who are arrested and taken to jail, then bailed out unexpectedly by Franco’s character, an infamous local thug and amateur rapper who takes them under his wing. The film is written and directed by Korine and features an original score by Cliff Martinez and Skrillex. Pic had its world preem at the Venice Film Festival, followed by a North American premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September. Guy Lodge wrote in his Variety review at Venice, “”Oops! … I Did It Again” isn’t one of two Britney Spears hits performed onscreen in “Spring Breakers,” but that song’s self-aware spirit of coy misbehavior is stamped all over Harmony Korine’s most mainstream provocation to date. Following four college girls’ descent from Florida spring-break debauchery to the even more vertiginous lows of thug life, this attractively fizzy pic may be a shock to the system for fans of teen queens Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens, but remains pretty toothless titillation by its writer-helmer’s standards.” A24 was founded this summer by film execs Daniel Katz, John Hodges and David Fenkel with plans to distribute eight to 10 titles per year, several of which will have wide theatrical releases. It announced its first acquistion on Aug. 30 by acquiring all U.S. rights to Roman Coppola’s “A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III” and bought domestic rights to TIFF title “Ginger & Rosa” after the fest.