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Elizabeth Banks withdraws from directing Pitch Perfect 3 over parenting

Pitch Perfect

Story by Jack Foley

ELIZABETH Banks has withdrawn from directing Pitch Perfect 3, citing parental responsibilities as a reason – as well as the time it has taken to get the three-quel right.

The actress turned director made the revelation during the Producers’ Guild Association’s annual Produced By conference when she discussed the difficulty of bringing a sequel to the screen for any movie.

She said: “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. We want to give the audience what it wants but not making it repetitive.

“We have been in development and it took longer than we thought, and I needed to shoot another movie in the summer. If we pushed into fall it bumped up against my parental responsibilities, which made me feel uncomfortable.”

Banks helmed Pitch Perfect 2, which proved a box office smash. But she is also in demand as an actress and has several projects in various stages of development.

She is also directing Sony’s Charlie’s Angels reboot as well as the Young Adult adaptation Red Queen and is also set to star as Rita Repulsa in Lionsgate’s Power Rangers reboot.

Universal had pushed the release of Pitch Perfect 3 from July 21, 2017, to a holiday release of December 22, 2017.

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