What do a cappella, Fat Amy, corny turns of aca-phrase, and Elizabeth Banks all have in common? If you guessed Pitch Perfect the sequel, you’re spot on. Fans of the 2012 film that had us all humming that annoying song — which, up till then was perfectly pleasant — The Sign, originally by Ace of Base, will be excited to hear that Pitch Perfect 2 has been announced by both Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA)-owned Universal Pictures and Gold Circle Films that made the original. Elizabeth Banks, known for her role on 30 Rock, The Hunger Games, and the first Pitch Perfect, also wrote the original adaption for the first film, a re-working of Mickey Rapkin’s book. Now, she’s back on board writing the second film, according to the Hollywood Reporter, with plans in place for her to direct the sequel — her first foray into feature length directing, having directed comedy shorts in the past.
“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 directional debut on Pitch Perfect 2,” said Donna Langley, Chair of Universal Pictures, to the Hollywood Reporter.
The first film followed Beca — played by Anna Kendrick — a wary new attendee at a university her father forces upon her, as she joins an a cappella group and turns the previously conservative, organized group on its head. As with practically any college-based film, there’s the romantic element as well, with Skylar Astin playing a fellow singer and member of a competing a cappella club. Kendricks is thought to be returning for the second film, according to the Hollywood Reporter‘s sources.
According to Box Office Mojo, the first film grossed $65 million domestically and ranked second for lifetime gross of a Musical Comedy, just under School of Rock‘s $81 million lifetime domestic gross. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that its other revenue sources didn’t do so badly either. The film soundtrack went platinum, selling over 1 million copies, while Cups, the popular single used during Beca’s try-out scene, sold 3 million. Overall, the film did better than expected and in unexpected markets, helping to drive the creation of the second film and hopefully attracting some of the same cast who really made the quirky first film hit the right comedic — and musical — notes.
Fat Amy, played by Rebel Wilson, was the face of a number of comedic gem like, “You guys are gonna get pitch-slapped so hard, your man boobs are gonna concave,” and “The Kraken has been unleashed! Feel the Fat Amy force,” as well as “Horizontal running” in the first film. According to New York Daily News, she is rumored to be coming back for the second, which it reports may be here as soon as 2015. What would Pitch Perfect be without a cappella’s very own mermaid dancing Australian Barden Bella?