American Idol producer 19 Entertainment and their parent company Core Media have inked a deal with Varsity Vocals to develop an unscripted series that chronicles the nation’s premiere, Pitch Perfect-inspiring a cappella tournament.
Amanda Newman, the executive director for Varsity Vocals — which she likens to “the NCAA for a cappella” — tells TVLine the series “will follow the ICCA, which is the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella, through the whole tournament series,” including local, regional and final rounds.
(Newman announced the partnership on Saturday night at the ICCA International finals in NYC, our sister site Deadline first reported.)
“The idea is to show what you saw in Pitch Perfect,” the crowd-pleasing 2012 movie starring Anna Camp, Brittany Snow and Rebel Wilson and “based on a true story about our tournament,” Newman says. “It’d show the groups going through all the rounds of the tournament leading up to the finals, and also show a bit of the students’ backgrounds.”
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Newman stresses that the project is not scripted and “not at all” a soundstage-based singing competition à la NBC’s The Sing-Off, which was recently renewed for Season 4 in the wake of Pitch Perfect‘s big buzz. Instead, “It will follow the real tournaments that already exist,” she says.
No further details are available at this time; Core Media/19 Entertainment did not immediately respond to a request for comment.