When the first “Pitch Perfect” movie burst onto the scene back in 2012, few could have predicted that just five years later, we’d be talking about the end of a film franchise trilogy. And, yet, that’s exactly what’s happening with the upcoming release of “Pitch Perfect 3” in December 2017 – fans across the Internet are already speculating about this film being the last for the beloved Bellas. But is that really the case?
If “Pitch Perfect 3” does well at the box office, it won’t be the last
A lot has to do with the performance of “Pitch Perfect 3” at the Hollywood box office. The first film was essentially a sleeper hit, grossing $65 million at the domestic box office. It picked up a huge cult following, though, once it hit the On Demand and the streaming markets. That paved the way for “Pitch Perfect 2,” which was an absolute box office smash, bringing in $184 million.
So you can see how high the bar is set for “Pitch Perfect 3” – if the film meets or exceeds expectations (i.e. the $200 million mark), then there is a good chance that there will be a “Pitch Perfect 4.” The only question, though, is whether this fourth film would feature the same set of Bellas, or whether it will feature an entirely new set of fresh faces singing a cappella. So keep your eye on the box office numbers on December 22 – a huge opening weekend would be a good sign that “Pitch Perfect 3” won’t be the last.
This might be the last “Pitch Perfect 3” with the Bellas
Heading into the release of the film, there’s a lot of speculation that the Hollywood production studios are coming to grips with the fact that, in order for this film franchise to keep going, it will need a whole new cast of girls. Back in April 2017, film screenwriter Kay Cannon said as much, calling this film “the end of the Bellas as we know them.”
In fact, the whole premise of “Pitch Perfect 3” seems to set up a scenario in which we’d see a whole new cast of singers in the next sequel. Clue #1 is the fact that the whole premise of “Pitch Perfect 3” is that nobody wants a bunch of grown-up adults who only sing a cappella – the Bellas are told over and over again in “Pitch Perfect 3” that there’s no demand for them anymore now that they’ve graduated college. There’s no real “job” for them anymore, and so they decide to embark on a USO tour in Europe.
Moreover, here’s Clue #2: one of the plotlines from the upcoming film is that Beca (played by Anna Kendrick) might be leaving the group once and for all. Talent agents want to sign her to a contract to sing solo, but don’t want to sign all of the Bellas. That obviously leads to a huge conundrum: Will Beca actually leave the group and everything it represents in order to pursue her own solo singing career?
The next “Pitch Perfect” movie might actually be a spin-off
That naturally leads to the following question: Would it make sense to spin off “Pitch Perfect” with one of the lead characters only? The most obvious choice would be Anna Kendrick in the role of Beca.
Another possible spin-off choice would be Rebel Wilson in the role of Fat Amy. During the filming of the new movie, she has teased the fact that we’ll learn more about the young life of Fat Amy and how she acquired her name. That could become the basis for a new spin-off exploring her previous life and how it will move forward in the future. Based on Rebel Wilson’s starring roles in other comedies, this is certainly an option.
And, consider this: Rebel Wilson was the first cast member to sign up for “Pitch Perfect 3” back in April 2015. At the time, she even suggested that if the studio couldn’t get all the cast members back for this film, she’d consider doing a Fat Amy spin-off. So the idea of a separate Fat Amy franchise was already percolating in the back of everyone’s minds more than two years ago!
What would a sequel to “Pitch Perfect” actually look like?
So, we basically have three scenarios to consider. The first scenario is the most unthinkable one, and that is the total and complete end of this beloved film trilogy. Certainly, most of the marketing surrounding this film would have you believe it. One of the taglines for the movie is “Last call pitches,” and this would seem to suggest that, yes, this is the “last call” for the film franchise.
The second scenario is that the film franchise would continue, but in a different format – either as a spin-off of one of the lead characters (Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp or Hailee Steinfeld) or as an entirely new cast of Bellas who are still in college.
The third scenario is the most exciting one: there will indeed be another “Pitch Perfect” and it will be better than any of the three films so far. Over the past two months, the cast members have been adding social media post after social media post suggesting that the whole cast is inseparable and would never break up. One cast member even compared the filming process to being in summer camp with a favorite set of girlfriends.
Rebel Wilson, for example, recently posted a photo on Instagram with the caption “Bellas for Life,” And Anna Kendrick, also rumored to be headed out on a solo “Pitch Perfect” project, quickly put those rumors to rest in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, when she said that the cast “would do them forever” if given a chance.
So is it really a possibility that this “Pitch Perfect 3” won’t be the last? Just six months, that possibility seemed remote at best. Everything about the upcoming film – the plot line, the marketing tag line and the rumors – seemed to suggest that the trilogy was coming to an end. But “Pitch Perfect” fans have been so vocal in their support of the film that it looks like the momentum has swung now in favor of a “Pitch Perfect 4.” That would make the best holiday present ever from the girls we’ve grown to love so much!