The Pink Panther will return - and this time, it's all about him. MGM have just announced that their popular Pink Panther series will continue with a hybrid live-action/animation film focusing on the adventures of the rose-tinted feline - and not on Inspector Clouseau.
The film will be directed by David Silverman - who took the helm on a whole bunch of classic episodes of The Simpsons, as well as The Simpsons Movie - so the absence of Steve Martin shouldn't be too keenly felt. Every indication is that they're going to take the film in the more zany feel of the original cartoons, too, which would be a great fit for Silverman's knockabout, surreal style.
The producers haven't given away much in terms of plot, but it seems safe to assume that some sort of fast-paced, panther-brained caper will be involved. Fingers will then just have to be crossed that Silverman steers the film closer to Monsters, Inc. than to The Road to El Dorado, both of which he also had a hand in directing, with varying degrees of success.
The big thing, though, is that while The Pink Panther hasn't been receiving quite as much buzz as his edgier Wakandan counterpart, there's certainly a gap in the marketplace for an intelligent take on hybrid-animation. A generation raised on Alvin and the Chipmunks and The Smurfs could use a generous helping of old school animated hijinks - especially one infused with a mid-90's Simpsons sensibility.
What do you guys think - will this Panther steal everyone's hearts, or slip away into the night unnoticed? Answers on a postcard - or better yet, down below.
Considering David Silverman is directing, just how good do you think the Pink Panther could be?