Pitch Perfect, released in the fall of 2012, was something of a surprise hit. It applied the usual music-underdog movie formula to collegiate a cappella -- a musical form mostly untouched by popular culture up to that point -- while also delivering humor, pushing feminist/girl-power themes and making a movie star out of Anna Kendrick. It even delivered a hit single, Cups, from Kendrick, not previously known as a singer.
Pitch Perfect 2, released three years later, made even more money than the original -- even earning the title of highest-grossing live-action movie-musical in history -- so a third film about the Bellas was inevitable. The film was announced last year, and while it's now coming together, fans will just have to wait a little bit longer for it than previously thought.
According to a press release from Universal Pictures, Pitch Perfect 3 will now be released on December 22, 2017. The film had previously been scheduled for July 21 of that year, but will now open at Christmastime instead. Another female-focused film, Girl Trip -- directed by The Best Man’s Malcolm D. Lee -- has been moved by the studio from August to Pitch Perfect 3’s former release date.
So far, all that is known about the sequel is that the two main cast members, Kendrick and Rebel Wilson, will be back, with Kay Cannon writing the script and Elizabeth Banks directing; IMDB lists Hailee Steinfeld and Brittany Snow returning for the third installment as well. There’s no word on the plot; the new release date, along with the tagline "Get ready to have a Merry Pitchmas" in the press release, hints at the possibility of a Christmas theme.
There’s no reason the durable Pitch Perfect formula can’t extend to a third film. They’re not going to run out of songs to sing, and sticking this likable group of actors and characters into another similar plot -- likely involving some sort of national or international a cappella competition -- shouldn’t be that difficult to work.
It would be nice to see the series move the characters out of their college setting, to better suit the cast and freshen up the story a little bit. Could the plot be adapted to the world of post-collegiate professional a cappella competitions? Is there even such a thing? If there isn't who's to say Pitch Perfect 3 can't create one? At any rate, if the film does go for a Christmas theme, look for the Bellas to have another box office hit on their hands.
Pitch Perfect 3 will arrive in theaters December 22, 2017.
Source: Universal Pictures