Eddie Murphy Circling ‘Pink Panther’ Reboot As Bumbling Inspector Clouseau

On Wednesdays we wear pink, but it seems Eddie Murphy might go pink for more days in a week. The actor is in talks to play Inspector Jacques Clouseau in MGM’s Pink Panther reboot, as per The Hollywood Reporter.

Eddie Murphy Pink Panther Reboot
Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther films from 1963 to 1978.

According to the news outlet, sources with knowledge of the new project shared that it’ll feature a hybrid of live-action and CG elements. The first Inspector and Panther big-screen team-up is set to take a buddy cop movie tone, with insiders classifying it as still in the deep development stages.

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Not much else is known about the Pink Panther reboot, but Sonic the Hedgehog filmmaker Jeff Fowler has been attached to direct. The Man from Toronto‘s Chris Bremner is serving as scriptwriter, with Dan Lin (Godzilla vs. Kong) and Jonathan Eirich (Aladdin) producing via their Rideback banner, a film and television production company with a first-look deal at Universal Pictures. Rideback’s Ryan Halprin is also executive producing.

Beginning with the release of the 1963 classic film The Pink Panther, the franchise follows the adventures of the bumbling, inept Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers). The first movie involved a jewel called the Pink Panther and marked the debut of the cartoon panther, who appeared in the opening credits and would later grow into an iconic character over the years.

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