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PINK PANTHER RETURNS

April 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Peter Sellers, who starred in the original Pink Panther movies, may have died 34 years ago, and attempts to revive the franchise without him over the years have largely been unsuccessful. But the animated character, created by Friz Freleng and David DePatie, who first made his appearance in the title sequences of the films beginning in 1964 and who later became the star of his own cartoon shorts and a Saturday-morning TV show in the ’70s, is still with us. And on Monday, MGM announced plans to revive the franchise again — this time as a hybrid live-action/cartoon feature starring the animated pink cat. Julie Andrews, the wife of the late Blake Edwards, who directed the original Pink Panther movies, is set to co-executive produce the feature, along with 92-year-old Walter Mirisch, who produced the originals. Almost certainly the Henry Mancini theme will return as well.