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Elizabeth Banks To Direct "Pitch Perfect 2"

Shannan Singletary ’16 / Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer

ELizabeth Banks. Photo Credit: by Jim Smeal / BEI / Rex Features.
ELizabeth Banks. Photo Credit: by Jim Smeal / BEI / Rex Features.

The director for the Pitch Perfect sequel has been named.

It broke earlier today on The Hollywood Reporter that Elizabeth Banks has signed on to direct Pitch Perfect 2, replacing the first film’s director Jason Moore. This will be Banks’ feature directorial debut, though she both produced and starred in the first Pitch Perfect and will continue to hold those roles in the sequel.

“Elizabeth originated the idea for Pitch Perfect and was instrumental in making the first film such a huge success. She brings an enormous amount of energy and experience to everything she works on and we’re thrilled that she is making her feature directorial debut on Pitch Perfect 2.” said Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley to The Hollywood Reporter.

The a cappella comedy, Pitch Perfect was a huge success after its early fall release in 2012 as it grossed over $115 million worldwide on an estimated $17 million budget. It has also pulled in an approximate $135 million in digital and physical copies of the movie. In addition to movie sales, the film’s soundtrack went platinum as it sold over 1 million copies.

Stars Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson are likely to return for the movie’s sequel, along with screenwriter Kay Cannon will also be penning the sequel’s script.

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