'Pink Panther' Gets Live-Action & Animation Hybrid Without Clouseau

March 31, 2014
Source: THR

The Pink Panther

We've already seen MGM revive The Pink Panther in the form of a live-action family comedy franchise starring Steve Martin as the bumbling Inspector Clouseau, but now another revival is in order. No, we're not looking at a reboot of the same character, but rather an alternate version of the title. Those familiar with Inspector Clouseau know that the credits sequences feature an animated pink feline that eventually went on to be featured in his own theatrical animated shorts. It will be that character getting the feature film treatment by way of a hybrid of animation and live-action with a veteran animation director at the helm.

THR has word that David Silverman, a longtime director and producer on "The Simpsons" who also directed the animated family's first feature film. Silverman is also bringing series writer and co-executive producer Michael Price to write the script following the animated pink panther who has also received a cartoon series, comic books and the job of mascot for Owens Corning insulation.

Walter Mirisch, executive producer of the original Pink Panther films and television series is producing the film that will again be an international jewel heist caper. As expected, The Pink Panther will not speak, and while Clouseau will not appear in the film, he will be part of the film's mythology somehow. We're not sure what to expect with a film like this, featuring a character that isn't really a big part of pop culture anymore, but we'll find out eventually. Are you interested?

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