Elizabeth Banks makes her feature directorial debut with Pitch Perfect 2, the sequel to the hit 2012 musical comedy.
Elizabeth Banks, who also co-starred in and produced the original movie, Pitch Perfect, returns in the same capacity to the sequel.
Pitch Perfect tells the story of freshman (Anna Kendrick) who reluctantly joins a college a cappella group called the Bellas and leads it to the finals. The movie grossed $62 million in North America and more than $115 million worldwide on a $17 million budget.
Pitch Perfect also over-performed in additional markets with the studio saying it generated over $135 million in physical and digital home entertainment sales across North America to date (as of January 2014), making it one of the top-performing DVD and VOD titles of 2013. The soundtrack was also a smash, going platinum with over 1 million units sold, while single Cups went nearly triple platinum with combined sales of a little less than 3 million units sold.
“Elizabeth (Banks) originated the idea for Pitch Perfect and was instrumental in making the first film such a huge success,” said Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley. “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.”