MGM announces a live-action/CG hybrid Pink Panther movie

MGM has announced that it is working on a new Pink Panther movie, although rather than following the adventures of Inspector Clouseau, it “will harken back to the tone shared by the original Friz Freleng and David De Patie cartoons as well as that of Blake Edwards’ films” with a live-action / CG animated hybrid from director David Silverman (The Simpsons Movie, Monsters, Inc.).

“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 Walter Mirisch, who will produce the film alongside Julie Andrews, wife of the late Blake Edwards.

“We are incredibly proud to re-introduce the Pink Panther to a brand new generation in such a fresh way,” adds Jonathan Glickman, president of MGM’s motion picture group. “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!’.”

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