Harmony Korine‘s “Spring Breakers” is a hit in limited release. In fact, the girls gone wild meets Korine’s enfante terrible aesthetics flick, posted the biggest limited release of 2013 thus far — a per-theater average $90,000 making it the the 10th-highest average ever for a live-action film in limited release. Not too shabby. And while ‘Breakers’ opens in wide release this weekend via A24 pictures, Korine is already shoring up his next project.
According to Deadline, while the logline and title are under wraps, Korine’s eyeing a picture that will center on a multi-generational family of criminals in the South. It could be Korine’s next directorial effort, however, the filmmaker is apparently also developing projects with Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures (that’ll surely make a section of cinephile nerds salivate).
Not-so-coincidentally, Playlist contributor Erik McClanhan interviewed Korine this weekend and asked him about this very thing. Erik noted a part of Korine’s biography that not everyone is familiar with: his father produced documentaries for PBS in the ’70s, many of them revoling around colorful Southern characters. “They were attracted to more marginalized characters. Southern eccentrics, moonshiners and carnies, fire breathers and they were drawn to those types of characters,” Korine told us about his father’s subjects. “So I always grew up around that stuff, watching them make films and I would spend months of my life, a good year of my life traveling through Florida in a carnival. It shapes your worldview.”
No word on how carnies could figure into Korine’s next picture if at all, but the idea is intriguing to say the least. Will Korine continue his less-gonzo approach that began with “Mister Lonely” and seems to have crystallized with the more conventional “Spring Breakers”? Time will tell, but we’re willing to bet after some glorious experiments like “Trash Humpers” and myriad shorts, Korine’s willing to test how he can meld his eccentric sensibilities with mainstream narrative. [Deadline]