So it should come as no big surprise that, according to the Hollywood Reporter (and confirmed by the Los Angeles Times), Kay Cannon is in early talks to write "Pitch Perfect 3," reprising her duties from the first two movies.
A Universal spokesperson reached by The Times said that the studio is indeed in development on a third
Securing Cannon would ensure a measure of continuity, as she was the sole screenwriter on 2012's "Pitch Perfect" (loosely adapted from Mickey Rapkin's nonfiction book about a collegiate a cappella group) and this year's sequel.
In an interview with The Times in April, Cannon said she was "glad to have been the only writer in this world" and added that she had already kicked around some ideas for a third film. Of course, this being Hollywood, neither of those sentiments guarantees that she and Universal will be able to work out a deal.
Also up in the air are the returns of
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Kendrick and Wilson were each paid about $2 million for the second film, which cost $29 million to make. That bumped them up significantly from the low six figures for Kendrick and from less than $100,000 for Wilson.
Franchise actors are usually signed up for three movies; "Pitch Perfect," though, is a sufficiently ensemble piece that a third installment could conceivably move forward even without a few of its principal cast. Presumably with an eye toward future sequels, "Pitch Perfect 2" did introduce a new, younger Bella in
As the "Pitch Perfect" brand has grown from a sleeper hit into a legitimate box office powerhouse, expectations have risen in turn — as has the threat of franchise fatigue.
Reviews for "Pitch Perfect 2" were not quite as good as the original, and its A-minus CinemaScore dipped slightly from its predecessor's A.
On the other hand, "Pitch Perfect 2" $69-million domestic opening weekend outpaced the original's entire domestic gross by $4 million.
Ultimately, the challenge of the "Pitch Perfect" franchise is the same one faced by the Barden Bellas themselves: take pop hits and remix them just enough so that they're recognizable and fresh at the same time.
Times staff writer Amy Kaufman contributed to this report.