'Pitch Perfect 3' Pushed Back Five Months to Winter 2017

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Universal also relocates director Malcolm D. Lee's 'Girl Trip.'

Moviegoers will have to wait a bit longer to see Pitch Perfect 3.

Universal on Tuesday announced it is pushing back the release of the threequel from July 21, 2017, to Dec. 22, 2017, the heart of the lucrative year-end holidays. Or, as the studio noted, "Get ready to have a Merry Pitchmas." The move came only several weeks after the studio said it was moving up Pitch Perfect 3 to July 21 from Aug. 4 of next year.

Elizabeth Banks is returning in the director's chair, while stars Anna Kendrick, Hailee Steinfeld, Rebel Wilson and Brittany Snow will reprise their roles.

Universal also is shifting Girl Trip's release date, which will now open on July 21, 2017, Pitch Perfect 3's old date. The movie, produced by Will Packer and directed by Malcom D. Lee, was originally set to open Aug. 11, 2017.

Girl Trip centers on four lifelong friends who travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival.

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