Depending on your personal tolerance for Bruno Mars and Kelly Clarkson covers, Jason Moore's 2012 comedy Pitch Perfect was one of those love-it-or-hate-it kind of jukebox musicals. It certainly found love in the one place that matters, however, scoring an impressive $113 million at the worldwide box office with a modest budget of just $17 million, plus another $135 million in physical and digital home entertainment sales in North America alone.
Numbers like that usually translate into "sequel," and sure enough Universal has announced plans to get Pitch Perfect 2 into theaters some time in 2015. The script is being penned by Kay Cannon, who wrote the first film, and the sequel will no doubt bring many more popular tunes that the cast can cover... all from their mouths.
Now THR has a fresh update regarding development: Elizabeth Banks, who produced and starred in the first film, will be making her feature directorial debut with Pitch Perfect 2. Banks is currently best known for her role as Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games trilogy and has already directed a couple of short films. Pitch Perfect 2 seems like an ideal project to cut her teeth on as a director, since she's already so familiar with the material and the production team.
THR also reports that lead actors Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson are likely to return, according to insider gossip, though this remains unconfirmed. Kendrick's rendition of "Cups (You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone)" went viral after the release of Pitch Perfect and eventually went nearly triple platinum in sales, no doubt contributing a great deal to the success of the movie on VOD and home release.
Wilson has also been enjoying rising success since the release of Pitch Perfect, starring in Michael Bay's action flick Pain and Gain before getting her own TV series, Super Fun Night, on ABC. Both actresses have their share of commitments, but it's unlikely that they would pass up a Pitch Perfect sequel, especially since Universal is likely to be eager to get them back onboard.
Pitch Perfect 2 is currently set for release in 2015.