Harmony Korine To Adapt ‘Tampa’ As Next Project

TampaAfter the polarizing critical success of 2012’s Spring Breakers, Harmony Korine was lining up a bevvy of big name talent including James Franco, Robert Pattinson, Benecio Del Toro, Idris Elba and Al Pacino for his follow up film The Trap. The film was meant to start shooting this year but delays and production woes have meant the shoot has stalled. Yet, as we’ve learned about this industry, you never stop developing ideas.

Most recently Korine directed the music video for Rihanna’s Needed Me, and now, speaking at a Q & A session at the Miami Beach Cinematheque he has announced his intention to adapt the controversial Alissa Nutting novel Tampa with the potential home for the project being HBO (via The Playlist).

Tampa deals with a high school teacher who grooms a 14 year old student to be her lover. It’s the perfect sort of material for Korine to adapt.

Synopsis: In Alissa Nutting’s novel Tampa, Celeste Price, a smoldering 26-year-old middle-school teacher in Florida, unrepentantly recounts her elaborate and sociopathically determined seduction of a 14-year-old student.

Celeste has chosen and lured the charmingly modest Jack Patrick into her web. Jack is enthralled and in awe of his eighth-grade teacher, and, most importantly, willing to accept Celeste’s terms for a secret relationship—car rides after dark, rendezvous at Jack’s house while his single father works the late shift, and body-slamming erotic encounters in Celeste’s empty classroom. In slaking her sexual thirst, Celeste Price is remorseless and deviously free of hesitation, a monstress of pure motivation. She deceives everyone, is close to no one, and cares little for anything but her pleasure.

Tampa is a sexually explicit, virtuosically satirical, American Psycho–esque rendering of a monstrously misplaced but undeterrable desire. Laced with black humor and crackling sexualized prose, Alissa Nutting’s Tampa is a grand, seriocomic examination of the want behind student / teacher affairs and a scorching literary debut.