Kay Cannon sees path for others in her road to 'Blockers'

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Kay Cannon sees path for others in her road to 'Blockers'
In this March 21, 2018 photo, director Kay Cannon poses for a portrait to promote her comedy, "Blockers" at the Montage hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. The film, starring John Cena, Leslie Mann and Ike Barinholtz, opens nationwide on Friday. (Photo by Ron Eshel/Invision/AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Kay Cannon says she was hired off of potential to direct “Blockers,” the R-rated teenage sex comedy that Universal Pictures is releasing Friday.

The three-time Emmy-nominee and former “30 Rock” writer and producer wrote the enormously successful “Pitch Perfect” but she had never directed before. Executives at Universal and production companies hand-picked the 43-year-old to breathe new life into “Blockers,” which had become stalled.

In an industry where women directed only 8 percent of the top 100 grossing films of 2017, Universal has long championed both female directors and female-led comedies from “Bridesmaids” to “Trainwreck” and “Girls Trip.”

Cannon says she hopes that she can get to a place where she is mentoring women and giving them chances based off of potential too.