You know how that show Glee came out, focused on a bunch of teenage melodrama and cheesy stage show covers of popular music, and then became ridiculously successful? Well, Universal caught wind of that too, and now they’re looking to distribute a new film called Pitch Perfect, which will focus on the world of college level a cappella groups. Just think of it as Glee, the college years.
The film is based off a non-fiction book that was written by GQ’s Mickey Rapkin and will be directed by Jason Moore who, in addition to being a stage director, has directed episodes of TV shows like Dawson’s Creek, Everwood, and One Tree Hill. The story follows a goth girl who attends the same college where her father teaches (which is extremely embarrassing for a goth girl), and who has a hard time adjusting to college life, until she discovers she has a great voice and then becomes the secret weapon of the school’s female a cappella group.
Being a red-blooded American male, everything I’ve just written about this movie pretty much makes my blood run cold. Forget monster movies, slashers, and what have you; this could possibly be the set-up for the most terrifying horror movie ever conceived of. Except for one little detail that keeps me from writing this whole project off as simple schlock being peddled to teenage girls: Anna Kendrick is in negotiations to play the goth girl (do goth girls even exist anymore? I’m out of the loop) with the songbird voice.
Yeah, that Anna Kendrick: the one from Up in the Air and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, who is awesome. Sure, she appeared in Twilight and wasn’t able to save that, but this is a starring role, there will be no overpowering presence of Kristen Stewart non-emoting that she has to make up for. And word is that Rebel Wilson, the girl who played Kristen Wiig’s hilariously weird roommate in Bridesmaids is already signed on as well. That’s a pretty good start at assembling a cast for a movie that sounds to me like poison in every other way. [THR]