In between starring the “Hunger Games” franchise and making her directorial debut with the upcoming “Pitch Perfect” sequel Elizabeth Banks is taking a turn as a web series producer. Banks and her husband Max Handleman have teamed up with Paramount Digital Studios to create “Resident Advisors,” a workplace-style comedy set in a college dorm.
Banks and Handleman have had success before with collegiate comedy. Their film “Pitch Perfect,” about a college a capella group, was a surprise hit that made stars out of Anna Kendrick and co-star Skyler Astin. The film was such as success that Banks is currently busy directing and acting in the sequel.
Meanwhile Paramount Digital Studios, the online video arm of Paramount Studios, has a fairly impressive track record of its own. The studio was behind successes like “Burning Love,” a parody of reality dating competitions like “The Bachelor.” Paramount also had a hand in creating “The Hotwives of Orlando” a similar parody skewering Bravo’s “Real Housewives” franchise. That series is currently generating buzz for Hulu’s original content initiative.
The series, which does not yet have a release date, will star Ryan Hansen, best known for his role in “Veronica Mars” and “Real World” star-turned-actress Jamie Chung, The web series is likely to push boundaries as it explores the absurd scenarios of freshman year. According to a statement from Paramount Digital, “no subject was off limits.”
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