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Elizabeth Banks Explains Why She's Not Directing 'Pitch Perfect 3'

Elizabeth Banks has dropped out of her directing position for Pitch Perfect 3 and now she’s explaining why she is not helming the project.

“It was all timing,” the 42-year-old actress and filmmaker said in a PGA Produced By panel (via THR). “We feel obligated to put out the best movie, and anyone who has done sequels, this third one is hard to figure out what the story is. We want to give the audience what it wants but not making it repetitive.”

“We have been in development and it took longer than we thought, and I needed to shoot another movie in the summer, and I can’t shoot it in the fall because it butts-up against our kid’s stuff in a way that I wasn’t comfortable with,” Elizabeth continued.

Elizabeth directed the second movie in the franchise and scored the biggest box office weekend for a female director.

Pitch Perfect 3‘s release date was recently moved from July 2017 to December 22, 2017.

Elizabeth Banks Will No Longer Direct 'Pitch Perfect 3'

Elizabeth Banks will no longer be directing the highly anticipated movie Pitch Perfect 3, according to Variety.

Sources say that the actress-filmmaker’s exit from her directing duties is “amicable” and due to her “increasingly packed schedule.”

Elizabeth will stay on as a producer of the upcoming movie and she will seemingly still appear as Gail in the film.

Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, and Brittany Snow are all confirmed to return to the franchise and writer Kay Cannon will be penning the script for the third time. The movie was just given a new release date of December 22, 2017.

Rebel Wilson Has 'Pitch Perfect 2' Reunion for Her Birthday

Rebel Wilson throws out a fierce pose in this Pitch Perfect 2 reunion pic from her birthday celebration on Friday night (March 4).

The 36-year-old actress’s co-stars Chrissie Fit, Hailee Steinfeld, Shelley Regner, Alexis Knapp and Ester Dean all came to her birthday party.

“Six out of ten… Not too shabby. #Bellas #PitchPerfect @rebelwilson’s bday jam,” Chrissie captioned.

Ester added, “Happy birthday, @rebelwilson! Glad to see these pitches again. You can see more from tonight on my Snapchat! 👻: missesterdean.”

Check out Hailee‘s group selfie below!

Anna Kendrick Gives Funniest 'Thank You' Speech at AMAs 2015 (Video)

Anna Kendrick, Chrissie Fit, Rebel Wilson, and Hailee Steinfeld pose for a photo backstage at the 2015 American Music Awards held at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday (November 22) in Los Angeles.

The ladies were in attendance to accept the award for Top Soundtrack for their movie Pitch Perfect 2.

During the acceptance speech, Anna gave the funniest “thank yous” of the night, which you can watch below.

FYI: Anna is wearing a Christopher Kane dress, Giuseppe Zanotti shoes, an Edie Parker clutch, Graziela Gems earrings, and rings by Melissa Kaye and Selin Kent. Rebel is wearing an Eloquii dress, Rupert Sanderson shoes, and a Kate Spade New York clutch. Hailee is wearing a Zuhair Murad shortsuit, Brian Atwood shoes, and Jennifer Fisher jewelry.

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Elizabeth Banks Returning to Direct 'Pitch Perfect 3'!

Elizabeth Banks has officially signed on to direct Pitch Perfect 3, THR reports!

The 41-year-old actress directed Pitch Perfect 2, which earned a whopping $285.2 million worldwide. It was not clear until today if Elizabeth would return to the franchise!

Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow and Rebel Wilson are all set to return for the third movie, as well as Hailee Steinfeld.

Elizabeth made her directorial debut with Pitch Perfect 2 and we can’t wait to see where Pitch Perfect 3 takes the Barden Bellas! Stay tuned for more info about the movie.

Brittany Snow Will Return for 'Pitch Perfect 3'

Brittany Snow has confirmed that she will be returning to the Pitch Perfect franchise for the upcoming third film!

The 29-year-old actress joins the previously announced Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson, who also are reprising their roles from the first two movies.

“My hair was never gunna stay blonde anyway. More songs with our mouths ;)” Brittany tweeted after the news broke.

Pitch Perfect 3 will be written by Kay Cannon and it is set to hit theaters on July 21, 2017.

ARE YOU EXCITED to see Brittany Snow in Pitch Perfect 3?

'Pitch Perfect 3' Release Date Announced, Cast Confirmed!

A release date has been announced for the upcoming movie Pitch Perfect 3!

You can catch Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson leading the third film in the franchise on July 21, 2017.

No other cast members have yet been confirmed for the film, but we’re pretty sure most of them will want to return after the mega-success of the second movie. It has already grossed over $259 million worldwide!

While Elizabeth Banks is confirmed to produce the movie, it is not yet known if she will be directing again or making another appearance as Gail.

The aca-gods have spoken. #PitchPerfect3 is coming July 21, 2017!

Posted by Pitch Perfect on Monday, June 15, 2015

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