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Peacock Greenlights New Streaming Version of ‘Pitch Perfect’

Michael King

Peacock has announced a straight-to-series order TV reboot of Pitch Perfect based on the Universal film series, that will air on the streaming service as a Peacock Original.

Together, the three Pitch Perfect films have grossed nearly $600 million at the worldwide box office. The new series will be executive produced by Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman for Brownstone Productions, Paul Brooks and Scott Neimayer with Gold Circle Films, along with Adam Devine and Megan Amram. Brownstone and Gold Circle produced all three films in the Pitch Perfect series, while Banks directed Pitch Perfect 2. Devine, who appeared in the first two films of the franchise, is set to star and reprise his role as Bumper Allen, the vocal villain of the series.

In the new comedy series, set several years following the earlier films, Devine’s Allen has moved to Germany to revive his musical career when one of his songs becomes big in Berlin.

“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, Entertainment Content, 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.”  

“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, Universal Television.  “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.” 

Two other collaborations between NBCUniversal’s television and film studios have been announced in recent months, including series-based adaptations of the motion pictures Field of Dreams and Ted — both of which are set to stream on Peacock.

Peacock

Peacock is a subscription video streaming service from NBCUniversal that gives access to up to 15,000 hours of content including original shows, blockbuster movies, and classic television series.

It will include news, entertainment, sports, late-night, and reality from various NBCU properties including NBC, Bravo, and E!.

Just like other streaming services, Peacock will have their own original series including reboots of Save By The Bell, Punky Brewster, and Battlestar Galactica. They also have shows like Rutherford Falls (Ed Helms), Dr. Death (Alec Baldwin), and a behind-the-scenes docs-series about Saturday Night Live.

The company has acquired the rights to many classic shows like the entire Dick Wolf library including Law & Order and Chicago Fire, Parks and Recreation, and The Office.

The service will also feature blockbusters and critically-acclaimed films from Universal Pictures, Focus Features, DreamWorks Animation, Illumination and content acquired from Hollywood’s biggest studios.

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