MGM’s is looking to reboot “The Pink Panther,” tapping David Silverman to helm the live-action/animated hybrid pic.
This pic will not focus the famous Inspector Jacques Clouseau played by Peter Sellers and later by Roberto Benigni and Steve Martin, but rather on the animated panther that appeared in the opening credits and eventually had its own animated show.
Next to James Bond, “The Pink Panther” movie franchise is one of the longest-running series, with 11 films spanning five decades. The films have won two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards and a Grammy for the Henry Mancini theme.
The story will harken back to the tone of the original Friz Freleng and David De Patie cartoons as well the Blake Edwards films that Sellers appeared in.
Walter Mirisch will produce along with Julie Andrews, widow of Edwards, who directed seven of the films.
Longtime “Simpsons” director-producer Silverman is repped by Verve and also directed “The Simpsons Movie.”