Elizabeth Banks is coming back to the a cappella inspired film both as director and producer. She signed to direct and produce “Pitch Perfect 3,” as announced by Universal Pictures Tuesday.
Debuting as director in “Pitch Perfect 2,” the film already garnered $69 million for just its first weekend in May. The film started for $29 million and has grossed for over $286 million worldwide. She set up a record of a highest domestic opening for a first-time director. Now, she shall sign once again to be the director and producer of the third instalment of “Pitch Perfect.” Banks will join Paul Brooks and husband Max Handelman as co-producers, along with writer Kay Cannon, The Hollywood Reporter reported.
Aside from producing and directing, she also appeared as a cast member for “Pitch Perfect” and “Pitch Perfect 2” as the snobby a cappella commentator, Gail. This director-slash-producer-slash actress has had “Pitch Perfect 2” on top of the box office which turned to be the highest grossing debut. In addition, this 41-year old veteran actress has been under pressure to explain the lack of women appearance behind cam.
After the surprising success of “Pitch Perfect 2,” Banks had been in demand as director. According to Variety, Banks is currently committed to direct Universal Picture’s “Red Queen” and the upcoming reboot of the “Charlie’s Angels.” As an actress, she appeared thrice in the big screen over the summer with projects such as “Love & Mercy,” “Magic Mike XXL” and “Pitch Perfect 2.” She is also preparing for another silver screen appearance for “Mocking Jay” part 2.
Universal Picture’s “Pitch Perfect 3,” the third instalment of the “Pitch Perfect” movie series is scheduled to hit cinemas on Aug. 4, 2017. “Pitch Perfect” stars Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson, while Brittany Snow will also make a comeback in the upcoming third instalment.