Elizabeth Banks Exits as Director of ‘Pitch Perfect 3’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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The Barden Bellas are in need of a new captain, as sources tell Variety that Elizabeth Banks will no longer helm “Pitch Perfect 3.”

Banks isn’t leaving the franchise in favor of a specific project, sources say, but her increasingly packed schedule did play a part in her exit as director.

Universal recently pushed the release date from July 21, 2017 to December 22, 2017. Sources say her departure was amicable.

Banks will continue to serve as producer, a job she has held since the first film, and will reprise her role as Gail. She helmed the most recent installment which grossed $285 million worldwide including $183 million domestically.

“Pitch Perfect 3” now becomes one of the town’s hottest directing assignments given the success of the previous two installments. Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Brittany Snow are all signed on to return with Kay Cannon penning the script.

Joining Banks as producers are Paul Brooks and Scott Niemyer of Gold Circle Films.

Banks can be seen next as the villain in Lionsgate’s “Power Rangers” reboot. She is also attached to direct films including a “Charlie Angels” reboot at Sony and “Red Queen” for Universal.

She is repped by UTA and Untitled Entertainment.

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  1. Mindy P says:

    There’s another film coming that’s might become a sleeper hit – ‘Slamma Jamma’ – it’s the same, but set in a basketball slam-dunk competition.

  2. Caligula says:

    what is the appeal of these movies? Can anyone explain? is it just glee tards wanting more average song singing ?

    • Scott Webster says:

      No, actually – the music and production of the songs is well above average. A capella competitions in US colleges is NOTORIOUS, AFAIK, for being exceptionally competitive, and the standard is high. The movies are not just fun, and about the friendships and rivalries within and without the group(s), but also about the music, obviously. If you don’t like a capella, it won’t be your jam, but if you do, you’ll love it.

  3. Emily Knirb says:

    This is great news. The second one was a huge mess. They should have waited and rehired the first director. Here’s hoping they get someone more experienced for the third.

  4. Timothy McNeil says:

    This is not terrible news. While Banks did a serviceable job directing PP2, it lacked both heart and character development. Whoever assumes the job should not be swayed by the box office of the second as an indication of it being superior to the original.

  5. Dawn Wilson says:

    They should hire Trey Fanjoy…she would be PERFECT!

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