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July 5, 2011

Universal acquires musical 'Pitch Perfect'

Variety:

Universal Pictures has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to the Gold Circle Films musical comedy "Pitch Perfect."

Jason Moore will direct from a script by Kay Cannon, which she based on the nonfiction book by Mickey Rapkin. Plot details were not released except that the pic will be set in the world of college a cappella.

Gold Circle will finance the project, as well as produce it along with Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman through their Brownstone Productions shingle.

It's one of the first acquisitions for Gold Circle since signing a six-picture distrib pact with U in May.

Under the pact, Gold Circle will co-distribute two films a year with Universal starting next year with the laffer "Sammy."

Director Jason Moore received a Tony nomination for his direction of Avenue Q, with other Broadway credits including Shrek the Musical and Steel Magnolias. In addition, he has directed the new musical Tales of the City, currently playing at American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.

Posted by acapnews at July 5, 2011 9:22 PM

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