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Annapurna Pictures nabs ‘Spring Breakers’

James Franco stars in road trip pic

Annapurna Pictures has purchased the U.S distribution rights to Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers,” starring James Franco.

Story follows four young girls — Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine — going wild on a spring break. Heather Morris and Gucci Mane also star.

Pic is presented by Annapurna Pictures and Hero, which developed and financed the film in collaboration with Muse Prods. “Springbreakers” is produced by Chris Hanley, Jordan Gertner, David Zander and Charles-Marie Anthonioz with Annapurna toppper Megan Ellison exec producing.

Spring Breakers” centers on the four girls jailed after a motel-room party. Hungover and clad only in bikinis, the girls appear before a judge but are bailed out unexpectedly by a local thug (Franco) who takes them under his wing.

Cliff Martinez and Skrillex helped score the film with Randall Poster serving as music supervisor.  

Deal was announced Tuesday, a day before the worldwide premiere at the Venice Film Festival. The North American premiere takes place Friday at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival.

The deal was brokered by CAA and Ted Field of Radar Pictures.

During Cannes, Paris-based Kinology closed more than 20 territories on “Spring Breakers,” after unveiling a five-minute promo reel of the pic.

Annapurna does not yet have a distribution arm. It said in the announcement that details about distribution would be disclosed at a later date.

Annapurna has financed “The Master,” “Lawless,” “Killing Them Softly” and the upcoming “Zero Dark Thirty.”

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