Uni, Banks give music pic old college try


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.

Banks and Handelman also are producing the in-production Disney sci-fi thriller "The Surrogates" along with Mandeville Films.

Banks, who is not attached to act in "Pitch," next shoots Oliver Stone's "W." She is repped by UTA and Untitled.

Cannon is a writer and performer on NBC's "30 Rock" and did a rewrite on "Baby Mama." She is repped by Endeavor and Brillstein Entertainment. (partialdiff)