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May 15, 2008

Pitch Perfect now to be a movie

Hollywood Reporter:

Universal hopes to hit just the right note with "Pitch Perfect," acquiring the rights to a nonfiction tome by Mickey Rapkin for Elizabeth Banks to produce. Kay Cannon ("30 Rock") has been tapped to write the adaptation, which Banks will produce with her Brownstone Prods. shingle partner Max Handelman.

Rapkin, senior editor at GQ magazine, spent a season covering competitive collegiate a cappella. He followed the teams from Tuft University, the University of Oregon and the University of Virginia, writing about the singing, groupies, partying and rivalries.

"Pitch" is intended to be a comedy set in that world. Rapkin's book is due out this month via Gotham Books.

Here's more info about the book from Mickey Rapkin's web site.

Pitch Perfect, written by GQ senior editor Mickey Rapkin, is a behind-the-scenes look at the bizarre, inspiring, and hilarious world of competitive collegiate a cappella. Pitch Perfect (Gotham Books) is on sale May 29th.

A cappella has come a long way in the last one hundred years, evolving from glee clubs into a tradition that is hugely popular, considerably profitable, and much publicized. There are more than 1,200 collegiate a cappella groups in the United States alone. And the good ones, well, it’s not what you think.

Pitch Perfect will take readers inside the a cappella subculture and explores what the proliferation of these amateur—but phenomenally accomplished—groups says about us, our quest for fame, and our taste in music. The story unfolds over the 2006-2007 school year and concerns three groups, each at a crossroads: the legendary Tufts Beelzebubs, the upstart Hullabahoos from the University of Virginia, and the ladies from University of Oregon’s Divisi.

Along the way we’ll run into boldface names like Jessica Biel, President George W. Bush, David Letterman, Nick Lachey, Merv Griffin, Jim Carrey, Harvey Weinstein, Microsoft’s Paul Allen, Prince and more. We’ll meet the father of contemporary a cappella, investigate a New Year’s Eve incident that sent members of a Yale a cappella group to the hospital and made international news, and find out what made Ed Helms from NBC’s The Office quit the Oberlin Obertones after just one semester in college.

"considerably profitable" - I enjoy good spin but Mickey, although I know a lot of folks making a living in a cappella, none is exactly rolling in the dough. Of course I don't know how much you just sold the rights for ;-)

Posted by acapnews at May 15, 2008 10:20 PM


good call, acapnews-- collegiate a cappella, if it isn't college-finanaced, is lucky to break even.

Posted by: alto2 at June 26, 2008 10:24 AM

Everyone in my household thinks I'm going NUTS! Last night (Nov. 19, 2008) I saw what looked to be a movie trailer but I wasn't paying it much attention until I heard Alan Rickman's voice. I looked up just in time to see what looked like the name of the movie "Pitch Perfect". This web page was all I could find about it. Does anyone know anything about this?

Posted by: Sherry D. at November 20, 2008 12:37 PM

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