Elizabeth Banks, who produced and co-starred in the original 2012 hit comedy Pitch Perfect, has signed on to make her feature directorial debut with Pitch Perfect 2. She will also produce the sequel and reprise her role as Gail.
Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson are expected to return as Beca and Fat Amy, although it isn't known if their deals are finalized yet. We reported in April that Pitch Perfect writer Kay Cannon is writing the sequel screenplay, although no story details have been revealed at this time.
Here's what Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley had to say about Elizabeth Banks directing 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."
The original Pitch Perfect centers on a college freshman (Anna Kendrick) who injects new life into a college a cappella singing group, as she leads them to the finals of a prestigious competition. The musical comedy earned $113 million worldwide from just a $17 million budget, and it also performed well on home video, generating $135 million from Blu-ray, DVD and VOD sales. The soundtrack was also a big hit, selling over 1 million units, while the single "Cups" sold nearly 3 million units.
Elizabeth Banks previously directed a segment of last year's comedy anthology Movie 43. She is producing the sequel alongside Gold Circle's Paul Brooks and her Brownstone Productions partner Max Handelman. The actress lends her voice to Wyldstyle in the upcoming animated comedy The Lego Movie, and she will next be seen in Walk of Shame and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 later this year.