By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood February 6, 2014 at 7:14PM
One of the many movies starring women that surprise studio executives by scoring big at the box office on modest marketing dollars, 2012 smash hit "Pitch Perfect" is heading for a sequel.
The musical comedy cost $17 million and grossed $115 million worldwide and was one of the top-performing DVD and VOD titles of 2013. The "Pitch Perfect" soundtrack recently went platinum with over 1 million units sold. The single “Cups” is nearly triple platinum with combined sales of a little less than 3 million units sold. The soundtrack is also the #18 bestselling soundtrack of all time (ahead of "The Sound of Music," "Yellow Submarine" and "The Great Gatsby"); it is also the bestselling soundtrack in digital history, having recently surpassed “Twilight.” It was the #20 album on the Billboard Top 200 Chart for 2013 across all genres.
So it's no surprise that "Up in the Air" Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick (who now has a music career) and "Bridesmaids" star Rebel Wilson have both closed deals to reprise their roles as the Barden Bellas in "Pitch Perfect 2." Elizabeth Banks, who conceived of the original "Pitch Perfect" and co-starred and produced that film, will direct "Pitch Perfect 2," which Universal Pictures will release on May 15, 2015. Writer Kay Cannon returns for the sequel.
Most recently, Kendrick starred in Magnolia Films' "Drinking Buddies" in 2013 and recently wrapped Disney's Stephen Sondheim musical "Into the Woods" opposite Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep.
Wilson currently stars as Kimmie Boubier in ABC’s comedy, "Super Fun Night," which she created, produces and writes, and she is in production on "Night at the Museum 3" and "Kung Fu Panda 3." Wilson hosted the 2013 MTV Movie Awards and won the awards for Breakthrough Performance and Best Musical Moment.
Paul Brooks will return to produce "Pitch Perfect 2" for Gold Circle Films alongside Banks and Max Handelman for Brownstone Productions. Gold Circle’s Scott Niemeyer will executive produce and Kay Cannon is co-producing with Gold Circle’s Jeff Levine. Universal’s co-president of production Peter Cramer, who oversaw production on the first film, will return for "Pitch Perfect 2."
Trying to fill the void in decent scripts for women, the 2014 Athena Film Festival has stepped up to create a list like the Black List of the best unproduced screenplays about women.