Banks, who produced the original and had a supporting role as an inappropriately frank color commentator, will reprise those duties in the sequel as well, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Stars
"Pitch Perfect" followed a college freshman and aspiring music producer (Kendrick) who reluctantly joined a female singing group and helped shake up its stuffy approach to performing. The film became a surprise hit, grossing $65 million domestically and more than $115 million worldwide on a modest $17-million budget. It was also one of the top-performing DVD and VOD titles in 2013 and scored a top 10 Billboard single with "Cups" nearly a year after the film opened in theaters.
The film was also directed by a first-timer, veteran theater helmer Jason Moore. Moore is next set to direct a live-action "Archie" movie.
Universal originally announced "Pitch Perfect 2" in April at Cinemacon. The film is expected in 2015.
Banks, best known for her work in front of the camera, will next contribute her voice to the upcoming "
Movie" and reprise her role as Effie Trinket in
Her directorial resume is sparser, with a couple of short films and a segment of the anthology comedy
According to Sheri Linden's review of "Movie 43" for The Times, however, Banks "happens to have directed one of the better segments, featuring
Now we'll see if Banks can hit the right note with a full feature.