Adam Devine will be starring in a Pitch Perfect spin-off series heading to NBCUniversal’s streaming service, Peacock.
A straight-to-series order has been handed to the project, which will have Devine reprising his role as Bumper, who we met as leader of rival a cappella group The Treblemakers in the first film and as “Fat Amy’s” love interest in the sequel.
The plot will find Bumper heading to Germany in an attempt to reignite his music career. One of his songs, you see, has become a hit in Berlin and Bumper is hoping to capitalise.
The Good Place and Parks and Recreation writer Megan Amram will be writing the Pitch Perfect series and will also be serving as showrunner. Elizabeth Banks, who had a role as commentator Gail Abernathy-McKadden in the films, produced all three, and directed Pitch Perfect 2, is attached as an executive producer via her Brownstone Productions banner. Devine is also on board to exec produce.
“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,” Susan Rovner, Chairman, Entertainment Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, said in a statement. “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.”
Added Erin Underhill, President, Universal Television: “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. 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.”
The Pitch Perfect films were big hits for Universal, with all three grossing almost $US600 million in total. The primary cast of the film franchise included Anna Kendrick, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow and Rebel Wilson, with Hailee Steinfeld entering for the latter two entries.
Here’s a promo for the first film that focused on Devine’s character: