Following the exit of its director, Elizabeth Banks, would “Pitch Perfect 3” still have a new story to tell, or has it been cancelled already?
On Friday, the departure of Banks was announced, and on Saturday, the 42-year-old director explained during the PGA’s annual Produced By conference on the Sony Lot in Culver City the reason behind it, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
While the “Wet Hot American Summer” director explained her decision, she, however, pointed out that her exit from “Pitch Perfect 3” movie “was all timing.”
“We feel obligated to put out the best movie, and anyone who has done sequels, this third one is hard to figure out what the story is,” Banks said about the end of her directorial job for the movie.
“We want to give the audience what it wants but not making it repetitive,” she added.
Along this line, she shared as well that her responsibility as a parent also has something to do with her decision to leave the sequel of the highly-popular American musical comedy film from Universal Pictures.
“We have been in development and it took longer than we thought, and I needed to shoot another movie in the summer,” Banks explained about how her job for “Pitch Perfect 3” might affect her family life. “If we pushed into fall it bumped up against my parental responsibilities, which made me feel uncomfortable.”
The report noted that “Pitch Perfect” and its sequel was able to generate more than $400 million at the international box office, an achievement which the third film produced by Banks, husband Max Handelman and Paul Brooks might just continue.
In the meantime, Radio Times reported that “Pitch Perfect 3,” which is set for release by Christmas 2017, “will go head-to-head” with the epic space opera film “Star Wars: Episode VIII” and the follow-up film of “Avatar.”