According to the site, her jam-packed schedule played a part in her departure and that her exit “was amicable.” She will still return for the third installment to reprise her role as Gail and is signed on to be a producer, along with Paul Brooks and Scott Niemyer of Gold Circle Films.
Banks previously helmed the “Pitch Perfect” sequel, which made $285 million globally on a $29 million budget.
Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson and Hailee Seinfeld are set to return. Details of the plot are still unknown but the script is being written by previous “Pitch Perfect” and “Pitch Perfect 2” writer, Kay Cannon.
Universal recently pushed back the release day from July 21, 2017 to December 22, 2017, giving the studio more time to replace Banks as director.
Banks really does have her hands full at the moment. She is starring in the “Power Rangers” reboot as the villain Rita Repulsa and is attached to direct Sony’s “Charlie’s Angels” reboot and Universal’s YA dystopian fantasy “Red Queen.”