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The Pink Panther Returns -- Again

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood March 31, 2014 at 7:03PM

MGM has revealed it's developing a feature-length "Pink Panther" reboot, which will be a hybrid of animation and live-action.
Pink Panther

MGM has revealed it's developing a feature-length "Pink Panther" reboot, which will be a hybrid of animation and live-action. Walter Mirisch, executive producer of the original “Pink Panther” films and television series will serve as the producer of the new film and animator David Silverman (“The Simpsons Movie,” “Monsters, Inc”) will direct.  

The timing is pointed, as the production marks the 50th anniversary of the inept French cop, Inspector Clouseau, immortalized by master of slapstick comedy Peter Sellers (and later, Steve Martin). Julie Andrews is also serving as producer for the new project; her late husband, Blake Edwards, helmed the hilarious 1963 original and its sequel "A Shot in the Dark," which focused less on stealing jewels and more on the bumbling detective, and many of the sequels.

This time around the focus will be on the Panther itself, as opposed to Clouseau, harkening back to the look of the Fritz Freleng and David De Patie cartoons. 

After James Bond, the Pink Panther franchise is one of the longest-running in cinema history, spanning five decades and 11 titles. Watch some clips below.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.