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OTRC: James Franco rants about 'Spring Breakers' sequel, calls it a 'poison ship'

Rachel Korine, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, James Franco and Vanessa Hudgens appears in a publicity photo for the 2012 movie 'Spring Breakers.' (A24 / Muse Productions)

James Franco is throwing major shade at the makers of the "Spring Breakers" sequel, calling the movie a "poison ship."

The 36-year-old outspoken actor, who starred in the original 2012 film, recently posted a rant on -- where else? -- Instagram, where he famously flirted with an underage girl, posted a semi-nude selfie and unleashed previous tirades.

"STATEMENT ABOUT SPRING BREAKERS 2: This is not being done with Harmony Korine or my consent," Franco wrote, referring to the first film's director, alongside a photoshopped picture of himself appearing inside an optical illusion resembling broken glass, wearing sunglasses and an Iggy Pop T-shirt (see below). "The original was wholly Harmony's creation and these producers are capitalizing on that innovative film to make money on a weak sequel."

"I want everyone to know that whoever is involved in the sequel is jumping on board a poison ship," the actor continued. "It will be a terrible film, with a horrible reason d'être: to make money off someone else's creativity. Can you imagine someone making the sequel to 'Taxi Driver' without Scorcese and DeNiro's consents? Insanity! I'm speaking up for Harmony and his original vision and for any creative person who cares about preserving artistic integrity."

Korine has not commented. The relatively small-budget "Spring Breakers" was a sleeper hit, making more than $31 million worldwide. It starred Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgins, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine as college girls who go on spring break and gets into all kinds of illegal hijinks and get busted. Things get particularly crazy after Franco's character, a drug and weapons dealer, bails them out of jail.

The sequel, titled "Spring Breakers: The Second Coming," was announced earlier this month and is not expected to feature the same director, screenwriter, cast or characters, according to Screen Daily. It reported that "Trainspotting" novelist Irvine Welsh is penning the screenplay and Swedish director Jonas Akerlund is set to helm the new film. Akerlund previously directed popular music videos, such as Lady Gaga's "Telephone," Madonna's "Ray of Light," U2's "Beautiful Day" and The Prodigy's "Smack My B---- Up."

"Spring Breakers: The Second Coming" is set to be released by French distribution company Wild Bunch in 2015.

(Pictured above: Rachel Korine, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, James Franco and Vanessa Hudgens appears in a publicity photo for the 2012 movie "Spring Breakers." Credit: A24 / Muse Productions)

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