‘Pitch Perfect’ TV Series Coming to Peacock

Adam Devine will reprise his role as Bumper in a straight-to-series comedy sequel to the Pitch Perfect film trilogy. Elizabeth Banks will exec produce.

‘Pitch Perfect’ TV Series Coming to Peacock

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Adam Devine will reprise his role as Bumper in a straight-to-series comedy sequel to the Pitch Perfect film trilogy. Elizabeth Banks, who starred as half the announcing team in the features and directed the second one, will exec produce via her Brownstone Productions banner.

Unlike the movies, which followed an all-female a cappella group, the TV series will pick up several years after Devine’s last appearance in Pitch Perfect and see Bumper moving to Germany to revive his music career when one of his songs becomes big in Berlin. Banks will exec produce alongside Brownstone’s Max Handelman, Gold Circle’s Paul Brooks, Scott Neimeyer, Devine and Megan Amram (The Good Place). Amram will serve as writer and showrunner. An episode count has not yet been determined.

“Our upcoming Pitch Perfect series is another example of the unmatched synergy NBCUniversal is able to expand upon with our wide-ranging library of IP,” said Susan Rovner, chairman of entertainment content at NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. “When we saw the opportunity to create a series for Pitch Perfect with Elizabeth Banks, Max Handelman and Paul Brooks plus more earworm classics for super fans to enjoy, we jumped at it. And to top it off, we are so fortunate that Adam Devine is headlining the series and bringing fans the quirky, laugh-out-loud sensibility they loved in the film franchise.”

To Rovner’s point, Pitch Perfect becomes the latest Universal Pictures title to get the TV treatment, joining Field of Dreams and Ted, which hail from Mike Schur (The Good Place) and Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy), respectively. Other updates based on Universal film and TV titles are also in the works at Peacock, including Battlestar Galactica and Saved by the Bell, the latter of which was renewed for a second season. The strategy mirrors that of other upstart streamers, with HBO Max, Disney+ and Paramount+ all mining their deep vaults of IP in a bid to draw subscribers.

“We’re so happy to have the opportunity to bring the beloved Universal Pictures franchise Pitch Perfect to the small screen and to explore the hilarious and distinct characters in this (musical-filled) world,” said Erin Underhill, president of Universal Television, which produces the new Pitch Perfect series. “We’re lucky to partner with the talented Elizabeth Banks, Max Handelman and Paul Brooks, who produced the iconic films; the exceptionally funny and memorable Adam Devine; and Megan Amram, whose clever adaptation of Pitch Perfect is sure to have audiences laughing out loud and tapping their feet.”

Inspired by the Mickey Rapkin book of the same name, the three Pitch Perfect features have grossed nearly $600 million worldwide. While Devine’s Bumper was the central girl-group’s rival in the first film, he became a love interest for Rebel Wilson’s “Fat Amy” in the second feature. Anna Kendrick, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow and Wilson starred in all three features, with Hailee Steinfeld joining for the second and third. Ben Platt and Skylar Astin starred alongside Devine in the first two.

For Banks, meanwhile, the Pitch Perfect TV series falls outside of her first-look TV deal with Warner Bros., where she has Flinstones offshoot Bedrock in the works at Fox and other series in multiple stages of development. Banks and her Brownstone banner also have a feature deal with Universal, for whom they’re doing Invisible Woman, The Magic School Bus and others.

This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.

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Netflix Has Its Own Britney Spears Conservatorship Documentary: Watch a Teaser

Watch a sneak peek of Netflix's upcoming documentary about Britney Spears' conservatorship.

Netflix Has Its Own Britney Spears Conservatorship Documentary: Watch a Teaser

Britney Spears’ conservatorship that has controlled her life and estate over the last 13 years has been under scrutiny in the court ever since The New York Times: Framing Britney Spears documentary premiered on FX and Hulu in February. Now Netflix is taking its own closer look at the pop superstar’s legal situation with a new doc called Britney vs. Spears.

On Tuesday (Sept. 21), Netflix unveiled an 18-second teaser for the Britney vs. Spears doc, which plays a snippet of a voicemail Spears left one of her attorneys in 2009, just one year after her father Jamie ordered the Los Angeles County Supreme Court to put her into an emergency temporary conservatorship that is still in place to this day. (Jamie filed a petition on Sept. 7 to end the conservatorship after her attorney Mathew Rosengart demanded his immediate resignation.)

“Hi, my name is Britney Spears, I called you earlier. I’m calling again because I just wanted to make sure that during the process of eliminating the conservatorship… ,” she says faintly in the fuzzy audio clip.

A full trailer for Britney vs. Spears will be released on Wednesday.

Erin Lee Carr, the daughter of late New York Times columnist David Carr, is the director of the new film, which has been in the works for more than a year, according to . The two-time Emmy-nominated filmmaker has focused on criminal justice in her latest projects, including Netflix’s four-part docuseries How to Fix a Drug Scandal (2020) and HBO’s two-part doc I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth vs. Michelle Carter (2019).

The Hulu/FX documentary Framing Britney Spears, which put a major spotlight on the #FreeBritney movement that’s inching closer and closer to its mission of getting Spears out of her longstanding conservatorship, was nominated at the 2021 Emmy Awards on Sunday night for outstanding picture editing for a nonfiction program and outstanding documentary or nonfiction special. Director Samantha Stark told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview after the Emmy noms were announced about how she framed the film after the “Toxic” singer wrote in a July 17 Instagram post that she “didn’t like the way the documentaries bring up humiliating moments from the past … I’m way past all that and have been for a long time.”

“While we were making the film, we talked a lot about re-traumatizing Britney and her family by showing these moments. Part of the reason it’s called Framing Britney Spears is there are these still-photo frames that were humiliating to her,” Stark said. “We thought it was really important to pull outside the frame because so many people had all these assumptions based on one frame, one still image that they saw. In the end, we felt like we had to put some of them in because we wanted people to have more context.”

Watch the Britney vs. Spears teaser below.

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