This fall, a cappella is coming to the big screen. Pitch Perfect, starring Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air, Twilight), is about a college freshman (Kendrick) who’s recruited to the all girls’ a cappella group, which lands her in the middle of an a cappella rivalry.
Producers Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman (who is also Banks’ husband) spoke with BuzzSugar about Pitch Perfect. Here’s a little of that interview:
What drew you to this project as producers?
Max Handelman: It was based on the book Pitch Perfect. We went to the University of Pennsylvania, which is, if not close to, ground zero for a cappella. I remember being dragged to a show at one point and seeing how these kids were rock stars on stage, particularly the guys. When you see them perform, you realize that they’re rock stars in their own kind of subculture. I just love the notion of superstars in your own little world and how proud they were, how committed they are.
Elizabeth Banks: I think people are drawn to aspirational stories. This is a story about nerdy girls becoming rock stars. I remember going to the same type of performance of the Penn Six 5000, and this guy Mike sang “Rocket Man” better than Elton John. And I was in a biology class or something with this guy, and I never had any inkling that he had this ability until we saw him. It was a pretty big turn on.
Are there other challenges to making a musical film?
Elizabeth: We have no instruments, so every song that we chose, we don’t just do a cover. We literally have to arrange for voices that we have and make it sound just as good. You would not know that Rihanna would sound just as great coming out of Adam DeVine’s mouth, and yet, it does because we have a great arrangement.
Would you say the female characters are different, or more dynamic than what we’re used to seeing?
Elizabeth: I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a character who calls herself “Fat Amy” (Rebel Wilson’s character). I remember in early drafts of the script, I was like, I don’t know if you can get away with that, but we do it and it’s great. Rebel really embodies it, and it’s partially because Kay wrote it so well. She just owns, and it’s just about a girl who owns it.
Max: When you see this film, there’s going to be different characters to identify with for all sorts of different people. Our hope and our expectation is when you see this film you’re going to be like, I remember that girl from college. I knew that guy. That guy was my boyfriend. Frankly, some of these characters are based on people we knew.
You can check out the rest of the interview HERE. Are you excited to see this movie? I know I am!