MGM is developing for production a full-length hybrid animation and live-action feature film based on the animated The Pink Panther character. The news was announced today by Gary Barber, chairman and CEO of MGM and Jonathan Glickman, president of the studio’s motion picture group. Walter Mirisch, executive producer of the original “Pink Panther” films and television series will serve as the producer of the new film, along with Academy Award-winning actress, Julie Andrews, wife of the late director Blake Edwards. David Silverman (The Simpsons Movie, Monsters, Inc.) will direct.
The new caper film will focus on the Pink Panther character, rather than Inspector Clouseau, and will harken back to the tone shared by the original Friz Freleng and David De Patie cartoons as well as that of Edwards’ films.
“We are incredibly proud to re-introduce the ‘Pink Panther’ to a brand new generation in such a fresh way. Even more exciting is the chance to work again with our dear friends Walter Mirisch and Julie Andrews, as well as the talented David Silverman, whose enthusiasm convinced us to Think Pink!’,” said Glickman.
“I am proud that the ‘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. 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,” said Mirisch.
“I am delighted that the legacy of Blake’s iconic ‘Pink Panther’ franchise will continue to grow in its new hybrid form. It is exciting that the quintessential ‘next step’ for our beloved Panther will be enjoyed by a 4th generation of audiences. I feel that Blake is encouraging us on,” said Andrews.
The Pink Panther franchise currently includes 11 feature films, spanning five decades. The films have won two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards and the Grammy Award-winning theme song remains one of the most memorable entries in cinematic history.