Saturday, June 4, 2016

Elizabeth Banks Says Parental Responsibilities, Scheduling Prevented ‘Pitch Perfect 3’ Directing Gig – Produced By


Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks said today that she exited as director of Universal’s Pitch Perfect 3 because delayed shooting – the film is now set for a Christmas 2017 instead of Summer 2017 release – would interfere with her duties as a parent. “We’ve been in development and it’s taking longer than we thought,” said the actress, Pitch Perfect franchise producer and director of last year’s Pitch Perfect 2. The comments came during a panel at the Producers Guild of America’s 8th annual Produced By conference at Sony Pictures.
“I thought I was going to direct the movie in the summer,” said Banks, who has two children. “It was really important to me to direct the movie in summer because if we pushed into fall it bumped up against my parental responsibilities, which made me feel uncomfortable.”
Banks’ husband and Brownstone Productions partner Max Handelman, also interviewed on panel, noted that the movie’s newly announced Dec. 22 2017 release date was Universal’s call, and that 2015’s Pitch Perfect 2 had originally been intended for a holiday release.


Good for you her. I know many parents who wish they'd chosen family first.
“The summer of 2017 feels incredibly crowded,” he said.
Banks also expressed confidence in the threequel. “I think it’s going to be a great infusion of energy in the third film,” she said.