The little a cappella movie that could was released on DVD this week – and not a moment too soon, as I can’t wait to re-watch Beca, Jesse, Fat Amy and all the rest sing their way through their college trials and tribulations. I – and many, many others – loved the movie when I saw it in theaters and can’t wait to see it again. But when I heard the news that Pitch Perfect may be getting a sequel, I screamed “NOOO!!!” out loud.
According to a report from Movieweb, both Rebel Wilson (Fat Amy) and Skylar Astin (Jesse) have had talks with Universal about reprising their roles. No other details were immediately available. EW reached out to a rep for Universal, who didn’t respond to a request for comment.
To me, this is a bad idea that will turn into a half-hearted attempt to recreate the buzzy magic of the original. However, if Pitch Perfect 2: This Time It’s Pitchier really has to happen, it needs to avoid the pitfalls of the Mean Girls and Bring It On sequels — the two movies to which Pitch Perfect is most often compared. Those films practically repeated the plots of the originals, with a whole different cast of characters. And spoiler alert, they did not need to bring it on again.
Instead, a Pitch Perfect sequel should follow another franchise: High School Musical.
The first HS Musical had a self-contained plot that culminated in a big show (much like Nationals in Pitch Perfect). The HSM sequel didn’t rehash that storyline. Instead, it took place the summer afterwards with Zac Efron and co. working at a country club. By sticking the kids in a new place with a new time frame and different conflict, they were able to advance the story without repeating the plot. If the Pitch Perfect kids all went to show choir camp over the summer (with counselor Elizabeth Banks, obviously), and the whole film took place in a one-week period of singing and dancing and merriment, I could see that potentially working — even if I’d personally advise against it.
What do you think — should there be a Pitch Perfect sequel? Or would you rather just watch the original over and over?
And as a bonus, here’s the riff-off scene for your enjoyment.