Eddie Murphy in talks for Pink Panther film

MGM has been developing a new Pink Panther movie for quite some time. Jeff Fowler, director of Sonic the Hedgehog, signed on to helm the project in 2020 from a script by Chris Bremner (Bad Boys for Life). The original Pink Panther franchise included nine movies, almost all of which were directed by Blake Edwards and now Eddie Murphy is in talks to star in the ‘Pink Panther’ movie.

The 62-year-old star is in negotiations about portraying Inspector Clouseau in the motion picture, which is being directed by ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ filmmaker from a Chris Bremner script.

Dan Lin, Jonathan Eirich, Larry Mirisch and Julie Andrews are to produce the film.

Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that the movie is to be a live-action/ CG hybrid, and it is said the project is still in the “deep development stages”.

The original ‘The Pink Panther’ comedy film was released in the US in 1964, and saw Peter Sellers play Inspector Jacques Clouseau.

Sellers reprised his role in 1964’s ‘A Shot in the Dark’ as well as ‘The Return of the Pink Panther’ in 1975, ‘The Pink Panther Strikes Again’ in 1976, and ‘Revenge of the Pink Panther’ in 1978.

‘The Pink Panther’ told the story of the French police detective as he aimed to catch a jewel thief known as The Phantom, who is attempting to steal precious diamond The Pink Panther.

David Niven, Robert Wagner, Claudia Cardinale, and Capucine also appeared in the movie.

A pink, cartoon panther appeared in the animated opening credits, and then starred in several ‘Pink Panther’ cartoons.

In 2006, Shawn Levy directed a ‘Pink Panther’ movie reboot, which saw Steve Martin play Inspector Clouseau.

Kevin Kline, Emily Mortimer, Kristin Chenoweth, and Jean Reno also starred in the film.

Martin, Reno, and Mortimer reprised their roles for the 2009 sequel ‘The Pink Panther 2’, in which John Cleese replaced Kline as Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus.

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