As we already mentioned, the Universal a capella comedy Pitch Perfect was one of our biggest surprises of the year. Successfully taking a Bring It On approach while mixing in an energetic tone amongst its up-and-coming cast, the film was a hit with audiences as well, taking in nearly $80 million off a budget less than $20 million.
While this news usually lands around the time of initial release, with the home video bow now occurring, we’ve got news a sequel is in the works. Speaking with Movieweb, star Skylar Astin said that Universal is already talking to their stars about a follow-up, with Rebel Wilson having a meeting last week and Astin’s meeting coming up next week. While nothing is signed, he said, “It’s definitely a talking point.”
The star also opened up about where he’d like to see the new film go, in terms of musical choices.”I think that I am willing to do anything. I like to collaborate. If my voice will be heard, than I will do some research and think about it. There are definitely times where I am listening to the radio, and I think, “That would be awesome. I would love to sing that,” Astin exclaimed. He added, “It’s this weird karaoke fantasy that I might someday get to live out on the big screen. Then again, I know there are so many politics in that decision-making. Also relevance. If we film this next year, and it doesn’t come out for another year and a half, will that song still be popular? Will it be over played?”
He did agree that this first film hit at just about the ideal time, saying, “I think they did such a perfect job. The music landed so perfectly when it came out the first time, I can’t imagine, if the same people are involved, that lightening won’t strike twice. I will sing whatever they want me to sing.” If that means Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Wilson, Adam DeVine, Elizabeth Banks and more all also back, we’d be down as well. As we’ve seen with other films in this genre (like the aforementioned Bring It On), sequels haven’t been as successful, so hopefully this team can replicate the same magic on a second go-around.
Were you surprised by Pitch Perfect? Are you looking forward to a sequel?