The film had its worldwide premiere at the 2012 Venice Film Festival, followed by a North American Premiere at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival where Time Out New York's Josh Rothkopf described it as "Devastatingly fun...DayGlo Miami Vice Shoot-outs melded with Girls Gone Wild skankitude and a leering, instantly quotable turn by a grill-toothed James Franco as a wanksta potentate..." The companies plan a Spring 2013 release with heavy promotion around spring break. Here's what A24 had to say in a statement.
"Leave it to Harmony to create one of the most anticipated movies of the social media generation. His film is at once incredibly mainstream and wildly subversive. We couldn't imagine a better partner on this film than Annapurna and Megan Ellison, one of the most daring producers working in film today."
Film is produced by Chris Hanley, Jordan Gertner, David Zander and Charles-Marie Anthonioz. Annapurna's Megan Ellison serves as Executive Producer on the film.
Presented by A24, 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 robbing a fast food joint. 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 and amateur rapper 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 soul on the inside, Alien wins over the hearts and dreams of the young Spring Breakers, and leads them on a Spring Break they never could have imagined.
Spring Breakers was released March 22nd, 2013 and stars James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine, Gucci Mane, Heather Morris, Ashley Lendzion. The film is directed by Harmony Korine.