Some minor spoilers for Pitch Perfect 3 can be found throughout this article.
Prior to the release of Pitch Perfect 3, news broke that the dudes we've come to know and love from the Treblemakers had not been worked into the latest installment of the singing-oriented franchise. Not only does the new movie miss out on Bumper and Fat Amy shenanigans, but five years after the original movie, there was no place for Benji or Jesse, either. Now, Pitch Perfect 3's director, Trish Sie, has explained why the boys were cut for the third installment of the film. She said:
I think the main purpose was these girls are moving on with their life. Maybe they'll get back to these guys at some point. A lot of people don't end up with their college boyfriend and we wanted it to be about them and their independence and finding their way in the world and moving ahead alone. And it just felt like it was time to make a fresh start.
Honestly, Pitch Perfect 3 sees the girls head overseas to compete for a contract with DJ Khaled during a USO tour. A lot of the gags involved the fact that the Bellas don't play instruments while the other bands do. If the Treblemakers were also competing on the USO tour, that would be pretty weird. However, Beca and the gang early on are trying to figure out their lives at home, and there was room for a cameo from any or all of Adam Devine, Ben Platt and Skylar Astin. However, according to Trish Sie, that wasn't really the point of the movie, and it's OK that the third installment went in a different direction.
Per what Trish Sie also told THR, she isn't really the person responsible for the decision, however. She says a script had already been written before she came onboard Pitch Perfect 3.
When I came aboard, the version of the script that was in play already had those decisions made. And maybe I could have fought hard to bring them back if I really disagreed with that decision, but I didn't, because there was some scheduling stuff involved -- Ben Platt is busy winning awards on Broadway [for Dear Evan Hansen].
Ultimately, a cameo from the Treblemakers may have been unsatisfying, anyway. In order to move the plot forward, it really may not have made sense to keep Beca with her college boyfriend, either, or to shoehorn Bumper into a plot that really revolved around Fat Amy and her relationship with her father. Pitch Perfect 3 did just fine without a relationship subplot for Beca or Fat Amy, and maybe we'll get to see those aspects played out if there ever is a Pitch Perfect 4. In the meantime, you can catch the latest flick in theaters, now, and check out what is coming in 2018 with CinemaBlend's full schedule.