Pitch Perfect 3 Finds New Director After Long Search

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Good news, pitches! After a long search, Pitch Perfect 3 has finally landed a director: Trish Sie.

The second movie in the series was helmed by Elizabeth Banks, who made her directorial debut with the film. She was going to direct the third installment, but later decided to back out.

The companies backing the movies, Universal and Gold Circle, worked alongside producers Paul Brooks, Max Handelman and Banks on the hunt for someone to take over the director's chair. The first person sought was Jason Moore, who helmed the first movie. After he told the producers that he was unavailable, the search became completely open.

Trish Sie has only directed one film to date, but the one she did was crucial in landing her the job. The 2014 dance flick Step Up All In, was the fifth installment to the franchise and required heavy choreography that will be invaluable experience in filming Pitch Perfect 3.

While Sie has only directed one feature length film, she has done a slew of music videos. One of the projects she directed included the recent viral hit video "Upside Down & Inside Out" for the band OK Go. Sie also directed their breakout video for the song titled "Here it Goes Again," which has been commonly referred to as the treadmill video, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The main actresses of the a capella-themed movies, Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson, will both returning alongside other co-stars Brittany Snow and Hailee Steinfeld, who first joined on in Pitch Perfect 2.

Because of the scheduling setback that came about when Elizabeth Banks dropped out as the director, the film's release has now been moved back. The movie was first looking at a July 21, 2017 release but will not be moved to December 22, 2017.

At the global box office, the first two films of the franchise grossed over $400 million. So the studios probably think it was worth the wait to find a solid choice for the movie's director.

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[H/T The Hollywood Reporter]