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Based On The Director Pick, 'Pitch Perfect 3' Will Be Bonkers And Beautiful

By Kristy Puchko | Industry | September 2, 2016 |

By Kristy Puchko | Industry | September 2, 2016 |

Good news for Pitch Perfect fans: The third installment of the song-studded comedy franchise has scored a sensational director in Trish Sie, a master of helming awe-inspiring musical numbers.

With Pitch Perfect 2 pulling in more than six times its budget, its producer/director/co-star Elizabeth Banks was proffered the helm of Pitch Perfect 3. But Banks declined the deal, not because of her obligations to take down pesky Power Rangers, but because she wanted more time to focus on parenting. This sent Universal on a talent search that has ended with THR’s announcement that Sie snagged the coveted helm.

Sie made her directorial feature debut in 2014 with Step Up All In, the fifth installment of the spirited dance-centered franchise. So, she’s got experience helming musicals and leaping into a frenetic film series.

But the real reason we’re pumped to see this director dive into Pitch Perfect 3 is because she’s made some of the most deceptively simple, playful yet mesmerizing music videos the world has ever seen. Most of them with OK Go.

Remember the viral “Here It Goes Again” vid with intense treadmill choreography in one take?

How about “All Is Not Lost”s surreal and strangely sexy spectacle, which got interactive at its special site.

You loved Pitch Perfects’s “Cups”? Sie’ll give you cups, but better because PUPPIES!

But all that? Kids’ stuff! Sie took music videos to literal new heights, launching OK Go into a vomit comet spaceflight to perform one-take choreography with paint and whimsy in zero gravity! Warning: the following video will blow your mind.

So what does all this mean for Pitch Perfect 3? Anna Kendrick and crew are in for some insane shoot days, and we’re in for some next level spectacle.

Pitch Perfect 3 will hit theaters December 22nd 2017.

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Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.