‘Pitch Perfect 3’ Is Happening, and Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson Are In
Pitch Perfect 3 has been officially announced, to the surprise of absolutely no one. Considering the incredible box office success of Pitch Perfect 2 upon its release last month, this was a no-brainer. That said, there was initially some doubt as to whether its lead stars would return for a new installment. Well, worry no more. Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson have confirmed that they will be coming back for the third installment.
The announcement was made by Kendrick on Twitter, when she basically flashed three fingers to signify the franchise would continue:
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) June 15, 2015
Wilson would follow with a more formal announcement:
I know I spilt the beans a little while ago, but at least now it's OFFICIAL!! PITCH PERFECT 3, July 21, 2017!!! Sing 'ahhhhh' on 3 pitches x
— Rebel Wilson (@RebelWilson) June 15, 2015
Yes, not only has a third move in the Pitch Perfect franchise been announced, Universal has already given it a release date. Pitch Perfect 3 will hit theaters on Friday, July 21, 2017.
The movie will be produced by Paul Brooks, Max Handelman, and Pitch Perfect 2 director/producer/star Elizabeth Banks. Meanwhile, Kay Cannon, the writer behind the first two movies in the franchise, is reportedly in talks to return to write the third.
Of course, part of the impetus behind this decision isn’t just cinematic, since this franchise isn’t just big in theaters: the Pitch Perfect soundtracks are legit Billboard chart-toppers. Hell, it hasn’t even been a month since the soundtrack for Pitch Perfect 2 hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200, and when you couple that success with the $259.7 million worldwide gross of the movie (and that’s only in the first month!), it seems like Universal is positioning Pitch Perfect to be a long-term franchise. In a lot of ways, this has been a huge franchise year for Universal, with Furious 7 establishing the dominance of the Fast and Furious franchise worldwide, and Jurassic World resurrecting the Jurassic Park franchise from the dead with the biggest worldwide opening weekend in history. Regardless of what critics may have thought of Pitch Perfect 2, this is simply a great business decision for Universal.
But what do you think? Are you looking forward to Pitch Perfect 3? Sound off in the comments!