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Pitch Perfect 3: Elizabeth Banks explains dropping out as director

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One day after Elizabeth Banks stepped aside as director of Universal’s Pitch Perfect 3, the filmmaker and actress has revealed what went into the decision.

“The new schedule butts up against my parental responsibilities in a way I’m not really comfortable with,” Banks was quoted as saying at Saturday’s Produced By Conference in Los Angeles, referring to the movie’s recently changed release date from July 2017 to December 2017.

Speaking to a room full of producers alongside her husband and co-producer Max Handelman, Banks added, “We feel obligated to put out the absolute best movie… it’s really hard to figure out what the story is … we’ve been developing our asses off.”

Banks has other projects keeping her busy, though — she is attached to direct Universal’s adaptation of Red Queen, based on Victoria Aveyard’s YA fantasy tale, as well as a new Charlie’s Angels movie for Sony, which she would co-produce with her husband.

Banks is still expected to appear in front of the camera for Pitch Perfect 3, reprising her role as color commentator Gail, alongside John Michael Higgins. The Hunger Games star will also be seen in the March 24, 2017 release of Lionsgate’s Power Rangers, where she is playing villain Rita Repulsa.

Banks made her feature directorial debut with Pitch Perfect 2, which opened to nearly $70 million in May 2015, going on to earn $287.5 million worldwide.

For more, head to Variety.

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