Annapurna Pictures announced today that they have purchased the U.S distribution rights to Harmony Korine's new film, Spring Breakers, the American college pop-culture and music-fueled story following the adventure of four young girls gone wild on spring break. Additional distribution information will be revealed at a later date. Annapurna's Megan Ellison is also included as an Executive Producer on the film.
Written and directed by Harmony Korine, the film stars James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine, Heather Morris, and Gucci Mane, and is produced by Chris Hanley, Jordan Gertner, David Zander and Charles-Marie Anthonioz. Music talent involved with scoring the film includes Cliff Martinez and Skrillex, with Randall Poster serving as music supervisor.
As part of the main competition, the film will receive its worldwide premiere at the Venice Film Festival on Tuesday, September 5th followed by a North American premiere set for Friday, September 7th at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Presented by Annapurna Pictures and Hero, who developed and financed the film in collaboration with Muse Productions, Spring Breakers tells the story of four sexy college girls as they plan to fund their spring break getaway by burglarizing a fast food shack. But that's only the beginning... At a motel room rager, fun reaches its legal limit and the girls are arrested and taken to jail. Hungover and clad only in bikinis, the girls appear before a judge but are bailed out unexpectedly by Alien (James Franco), an infamous local thug who takes them under his wing and leads them on the wildest Spring Break trip in history. Rough on the outside but with a soft spot inside, Alien wins over the hearts of the young Spring Breakers, and leads them on a Spring Break they never could have imagined.
Other credits include: Director of Photography Benoît Debie; Editor Douglas Crise; Production Designer Elliot Hostetter; Costume Designer Heidi Bivens.
The deal was brokered by CAA and Ted Field of Radar Pictures.