View Full Version : Steve Martin signs for new PINK PANTHER? Well, excusez moi!

11-14-2003, 04:24 PM
It was the swankiest party of the year, as MGM vice chairman Chris McGurk greeted select media and industry types at his Beverly Hills mansion, and our own Paul Fischer was there. Stars adorned the palatial grounds, from Diane Lane, Eva Mendes and Queen Latifah, to stars of TV's DEAD LIKE ME. While the food was divine, McGurk left the best to last, with his long-awaited announcement, that just an hour prior to the party beginning, none other than Steve Martin has signed on the dotted line as the all-new Inspector Clouseau, in MGM's upcoming THE BIRTH OF THE PINK PANTHER. The news was greeted with rapturous applause, prior to the evening's musical entertainment. McGurk joked that we can finally forget talking about Windtalkers and concentrate on an MGM future that includes BARBERSHOP 2, BEAUTY SHOP, more Bond and more Cody Banks. But the new PINK PANTHER may well be a project to look forward to, with Martin at the helm.

Unless Blake Edwards is somehow involved in this project, I won't be looking forward to it. Although Martin is certainly a better choice than either Kevin Spacey (briefly considered for the film last year) or Mike Meyers (likewise briefly considered earlier this year), the best of the PINK PANTHER films were those that were true collaborations between director Edwards and original series star Peter Sellers. Once Sellers passed away, we were left with Edwards-directed abominations such as TRAIL OF THE PINK PANTHER, CURSE OF THE PINK PANTHER, and SON OF THE PINK PANTHER. I'm not saying Edwards needs to direct the new film, but he should at least have some sort of producing role, so that his advice would actually have to be listened to and not politely ignored.

11-18-2003, 11:50 AM
CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN director now on-board
Dateline: Tuesday, November 18, 2003

News Editor
Source: MGM

MGM released details yesterday about the new Steve Martin-led PINK PANTHER film now in active development. Titled BIRTH OF THE PINK PANTHER, the movie will be directed by Shawn Levy, director of CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN, Martin's new comedy out in theaters next month. Filming is now scheduled to get underway in the spring of 2004 from a screenplay by Len Blum.

"Steve is an inspired comedian and a great actor; he's a perfect choice to play Inspector Clouseau," said Levy in a press release issued by the studio. "Our working relationship is so fluid at this point that I look forward to taking it to the next level with the PINK PANTHER franchise."

This will be the ninth PINK PANTHER movie for MGM, the first since Roberto Begnini starred as Clouseau's son in 1993's SON OF THE PINK PANTHER.

OK, so it appears Blake Edwards won't have anything to do with this new Pink Panther project. This doesn't bode well for it, but then again, Edwards' last three Panther films all stank!

11-18-2003, 08:55 PM
This is gonna stink like month-old lunchmeat.

11-21-2003, 01:39 AM
High-kicking star Jackie Chan has signed up to join Steve Martin in the new Pink Panther movie. Chan will play Inspector Clouseau's hapless servant Kato in BIRTH OF THE PINK PANTHER - following the news Martin has secured the role famously played by the late Peter Sellers in the hit series of comedies. Chan replaces Burt Kwouk in the role, which will see Kato joining Clouseau in trying to solve the murder of the French soccer team manager. Chan is next slated to be seen in the all-star version of AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS.

Oh, like Jackie Chan is qualified to make this film a hit? Anyone else remember the blasted crater where The Tuxedo used to be?

11-23-2003, 08:11 PM
Poor Jackie! He really should get someone to keep him away from this US junk that he doesn't understand will suck like a hoover.