A new take on the famed franchise will focus on the actual panther — not Inspector Clouseau — in an animation-live action hybrid
MGM announced Monday that it is taking another pass at reviving the famed franchise, and this time around, they’ll give it a very 21st century spin. The series, which initially launched in 1963, will still be executive produced by Walter Mirisch, but instead of a live action style — the first six of which starred Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau — it will be a live-CGI hybrid. And, the new movie will focus on the pink cat that was the star of a decade’s worth of cartoon shorts.
Julie Andrews, the wife of the late Blake Edwards, who directed much of the original film series, will serve as a producer along side Mirisch. David Silverman, of “The Simpsons Movie” and “Monsters, Inc.” will direct.
“I am proud that the ‘pink/”>Pink Panther’ — both the feature films and the great library of cartoons created by David De Patie and Friz Freleng that sprang from it — continues to be one of the brightest jewels in the crown of Mirisch films,” Mirisch said. “Now, for the first time, the live action franchise will be united with the world- famous cartoon character in a new hybrid feature film. I am excited by our concept and I look forward to an outstanding movie entertainment.”
The last reboot, which starred Steve Martin as Clousseau, spanned two films, in 2006 and 2009.