Date: 18th May 2023

Eddie Murphy in talks to star in new Pink Panther movie.

Eddie Murphy is reportedly in talks to star in MGM's new animated/live-action hybrid version of the classic heist comedy The Pink Panther.

The reboot of the classic property will be directed by "Sonic the Hedgehog" filmmaker Jeff Fowler. Chris Bremner is writing the script, while Rideback’s Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich serve as producers alongside Larry Mirisch and Julie Andrews.

In keeping with The Pink Panther's long history, the project is said to mix the original franchise - a comedy-mystery based on Clouseau’s misadventures as a detective - and the cartoon feline that quickly became the subject of its own series. As a live action-CGI hybrid, the movie will reportedly see a human cast break the animated panther out of prison in order to complete another heist.

Inspector Clouseau is a bumbling, accident-prone Parisian detective who was featured in the previous "Pink Panther" films. The character was originally conceived as a vehicle for David Niven but was ultimately played in the 1960s by Peter Sellers, who brought his own unique comedic style to the role.

Murphy most recently starred in Netflix’s "You People" and "Coming 2 America".

Source: Press Release