This year has been a box office boon for Universal Pictures. Of course, right up at the top, we have “Jurassic World,” which managed to bring in over $1.6 billion in ticket sales. “Furious 7” came in next with $1.5 billion at the box office, followed by “Minions,” which cracked $1 billion most recently, and “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which grossed nearly $600 million.
With all those billions of dollars floating around, it’s easy to forget the number five film on the list of Universal successes for the year: “Pitch Perfect 2.” Produced on a (relatively) paltry $29 million budget, the movie went on to make over $280 million at the box office earlier this year. This may not seem like much in the grand scheme of things, but in an industry with very few mid-budget films, it’s always nice when one is a huge success. And with that directorial debut under her belt, actor/director Elizabeth Banks was, of course, destined tomove on to bigger, better things, and now it looks like she’s in talks over to Sony to direct a “Charlie’s Angels” reboot.
Yeah, you read that correctly. Sony is in the process of rebooting the “Charlie’s Angels” series that everyone loved so much. Originally a 1970s television series following three female detectives working for a mysterious man named Charlie (whose face we never see), most folks are probably more likely to remember the 2000 movie and its sequel from director McG, which starred Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu. While neither movie set the world on fire critically, they managed to do pretty well at the box office–not to mention the fact that it left a definite stamp in pop culture at the time. It makes sense that Universal would want to reboot it at some point.
Despite Banks’ relative inexperience with action, she could be a pretty good addition to the film’s talent. She’ll be able to bring a more feminine flavor to the franchise (though she’s made it clear that she’s not interested in representing her entire gender), while still ushering in the crass and irreverent humor she’s so well known for. While some may argue that the direction in “Pitch Perfect 2” was one of the weaker aspects of the film, there is no denying that Banks has a pretty solid eye and ear for comedy, and that’s something a reboot of this nature could use.
Since the release of “Pitch Perfect 2,” it’s been up in the air as to whether or not she’d be up for the third film in the series. So far, she’s been attached to the YA series “Red Queen,” and if she ends up taking this “Charlie’s Angels” gig, it’ll seem to be the final nail in the coffin for her directing “Pitch Perfect 3.”
What do you think? Do we really need another “Charlie’s Angels” reboot, and do you think Elizabeth Banks is the director we want to see bring it to us? Let us know in the comments down below!