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Elizabeth Banks to Make Directorial Debut with Pitch Perfect 2


Elizabeth “Effin’ Effie Trinket” Banks has stepped forward from the producer’s chair to direct the sequel to smash hit Pitch Perfect. Yay, lady directors of successful franchises!

Pitch Perfect, an inexpensive comedy featuring a primarily female ensemble cast based on a screenplay from a female writer, made nearly $100 million more than it cost to make, with another $135 million in home video sales, and plantinum sales of its soundtrack and the hit single “Cups.”

(cue Susana going “Oh so that’s where ‘Cups’ is from)

Universal Pictures, who produced the flick, recognizes that much of that success came from Elizabeth Banks’ vision as producer (including casting decisions) and her drive to get the movie made. They’re willing to bank on her first time in the directors chair for Pitch Perfect 2. Pitch Perfect isn’t exactly challenging gendered genre stereotypes in the way that say, lady-led or focused movies in the action or thriller genres do, but it was only a few years ago that Hollywood was on tenterhooks over whether an ensemble cast of female comedians could pull off a raunch comedy film.

It’s still an impressive and rare deal for a big studio to give a widespread release to any genre movie (in that classic definition of genre where if it isn’t a Drama, it’s a genre flick) that is all in one written, directed, and starring women. And I’m surprising no one by saying that I think more studios should be doing so.

(photo credit to Cousart/JFXimages/WENN.com)

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  • Haleigh Yonish

    She directed in Movie 43… Which I watched all of, slack-jawed and afraid. Let’s hope doing a full film as opposed to a segment lets her shine? I know she’s smart and funny, I just don’t know how Movie 43 happened.

  • Anonymous

    But there’s not going to be any BeChloe, so no.

  • Anonymous

    But there’s not going to be any BeChloe, so no.

  • Anonymous

    A female-driven ensemble cast? Long overdue for continuation anyway.

  • Jennifer Graybeal

    LOVED this movie. Have seen it 6-7 times. So happy to hear she is in charge of the sequel – she is an incredibly talented lady.

  • Ashe

    I hated Pitch Perfect. But, hooray for representation: women should be allowed to make terrible movies too, after all.

  • Anonymous

    I choose to believe she wanted this so bad she has the original director locked up somewhere.

  • Cowtools

    Are Anna Camp and Brittany Snow coming back? Because they were the real heart (such as it was) of the first film.

  • Anonymous

    Would be better if they were allowed to showcase their talent instead. We’re not going to convince the Hollywood boys club that women can direct solid movies with that kind of movies.

  • Tallulah Alice Mae

    Agreed….ughhhh not more pitch perfect…but also yay? kinda?

  • Tallulah Alice Mae

    I feel like I need to get really drunk and watch that film.

  • Ashe

    Eh, I don’t think that’d change a thing. Even women who make good movies, the stereotype STILL persists that they don’t belong. Men make shitty movies on the regular and their entire gender is STILL given the benefit of the doubt.

    People will say anything.

  • Ashe

    Such a tightrope to walk…