Elizabeth Banks has dropped out of helming “Pitch Perfect 3,” pointing to her duties as a mother as a deterrent to her from taking the high-profile job.
According to Aceshowbiz, the “Hunger Games” actress who directed “Pitch Perfect 2” will remain as a producer but will pass the torch to another director for the third installment.
Banks told The Hollywood Reporter that “parental responsibilities” was one of the factors she had to consider for her exit.
“It was all timing,” Banks 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 make it repetitive.”
A week after moving “Pitch Perfect 3” from its original July 21, 2017 release date to December 22, 2017, Universal Pictures is now scrambling to find a new director for the movie as production is slated to start soon.
Thus far, only Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow and Hailee Steinfeld have been confirmed to reprise their roles for the third movie.
According to Forbes, moving “Pitch Perfect 3” to Christmas weekend could give it more box office leg as “Sisters,” starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and “Daddy’s Home” with Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell earned domestic totals of $86 million and $150 million, respectively, despite facing off “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.”
The lack of movies that target women in late 2017 to early 2018 could also boost the threequel’s box office chances as it will have the female box office crowd until February 9, 2018 when “Fifty Shades Freed” arrives in theaters.
As an actress, Banks will next be seen in “Saban’s Power Rangers” as the main villain Rita Repulsa. She will also direct the reboot of “Charlie’s Angels” and the adaptation of the YA property “Red Queen.”