When the acapella comedy Pitch Perfect came out in 2012, it was a nice bit of counter-programming against all of the superhero movies, sequels, reboots, and prequels that dominated that year (well, let’s face it – those kinds of films have dominated pretty much every year for the past decade). For reasons that are totally baffling to me, there was a rather large subset of movie bloggers who became totally enamored with this movie, and sang (ha!) its praises all over Twitter for months and months on end. I don’t know if it was all hype or what, but when I finally got around to seeing the film a few months later, I was shocked at their reactions. To me, Pitch Perfect is a totally fine movie, but I didn’t think it was nearly as good as the squeals of joy that rang across Twitter indicated. But hey – to each his/her own. I get it. Movies are subjective, and this one didn’t really do it for me.
But those of you who loved it are in for some good news. There have been whispers of a sequel since the film performed pretty well at the box office, and now The Hollywood Reporter says that Elizabeth Banks, who produced and starred in the original movie, will make her featured directorial debut on Pitch Perfect 2. Banks (who I’ve always found underrated as an actress) has directed some short films before – including one of the segments of the horrendously-received Movie 43 – but I’m happy she’s getting a chance to step up to the big leagues.
Even though it’s 2014 and Hollywood should know better by now, it’s still difficult for female directors to get big opportunities behind the camera. Directing a sequel to a well-liked film that grossed $115 million worldwide should be an excellent opportunity for Banks to prove her mettle, and it’s especially cool that she was the one who came up with the concept for the first movie. Original writer Kay Cannon will return to write the screenplay for Pitch Perfect 2, and rumor has it stars Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson are returning, so I’m sure it’ll be just as aca-diculous as the first time around. In the meantime, you can see Banks starring in Walk of Shame, in theaters April 25th.
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