〉The film, which is being reworked, is loosely based off Todd Goldman’s book
Universal acquired the rights to the property in 2010 and the film was initially going to be a musical aimed at younger viewers. Sources confirm that plans have changed, with the production moving into a new direction, evolving from a rhyming field guide of sorts for dealing with icky boys into a story about an all-girls boarding school that invites boys to attend for the first time ever due to budget issues.
Banks has come aboard to produce via her Brownstone Productions, along with partner Max Handelman, with Alison Small, Kristen Lowe and Sara Scott overseeing for Universal.
Banks has proven to bring talent to the table across the creative board with her successful run producing Universal’s Pitch Perfect films, making her directorial debut with the sequel. The project also follows themes close to her previous Universal projects, which center on tight female friendships in the face of adversity.
Danielle Schneider and Dannah Phirman penned the current draft, however, sources say that production is looking for a rewrite from a younger voice to give the film more of a slapstick, teen dramedy vibe, with Bring It On, Mean Girls, Legally Blonde and Clueless cited as a basis.
Banks is also producing the third Pitch Perfect, as well as the Juno Temple-led comedy The Most Hated Woman in America and the fantasy Red Queen, which she’s also in talks to direct. Last appearing in Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer, she’ll next return for Lionsgate’s hotly anticipated Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2, which will end the series.
Lance Boyle | Staff Writer