Universal Names New Director for ‘Pitch Perfect 3’

Elizabeth Banks cited family obligations when she dropped out as franchise helmer earlier this year

Last Updated: September 1, 2016 @ 3:22 PM

Unviersal Pictures has entrusted another female director with the “Pitch Perfect” franchise after Elizabeth Banks dropped out in June.

Trish Sie (“Step Up: All In”) will take The Barden Bellas to a third film. The news was announced by Banks on Twitter The film will reunite alums Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Brittany Snow.

“It’s like Xmas, 4th of July & my bday all at once, only better!” Sie said in her own tweet.

“Pitch Perfect 2” boasts the highest-grossing movie musical opening of all time, and its follow-up will be produced by series fixture Paul Brooks of Gold Circle Entertainment. Banks will stay on to produce with husband Max Handelman.

“Pitch Perfect 2” has grossed more than $250 million worldwide — more than double the original’s $115 million gross.

Banks will next appear as the villain in the reboot of the “Power Rangers” franchise.