By JUSTIN KROLL
Following the success of helming Pitch Perfect 2, Elizabeth Banks is set to return as the director of the next installment in the Universal and Gold Circle Entertainment musical-comedy, sources tell Variety.
Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow and Rebel Wilson have already closed deals to return, with Kay Cannon on board to pen the script. The studio recently dated the film to open on Aug 4, 2017, but at the time Banks was weighing other projects to direct and hadn’t committed to return.
The multi-hyphenate star is currently attached to helm Universal’s Red Queen adaptation and Sony’s Charlie’s Angels reboot, but both films are still in development.
The 2012 original grossed US$113mil worldwide, while Pitch Perfect 2 has more than doubled that, grossing US$286mil worldwide to date on a US$29mil budget.
The original film was adapted from Mickey Rapkin’s book Pitch Perfect: The Quest For Collegiate A Cappella Glory. Paul Brooks of Gold Circle Entertainment and Banks and Max Handelman of Brownstone Productions are returning to produce.
On the acting side, Banks is coming off a critically acclaimed role in the Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy and will be seen next in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.
Banks will also play Saturday Night Live host on Nov 14. – Reuters