Pink Panther Prowls Back to Summer

In the latest round of release-date musical chairs, MGM has moved its new Pink Panther movie back into the summer frame. The news comes as Sony today closes its acquisition of MGM.

After announcing a July 22 bow last year, MGM re-slated The Pink Panther for a late September debut. Now it appears the distributor has settled on Aug. 5, putting the film up against big summer movies such as Warner Bros.’ The Dukes of Hazzard and Universal’s adaptation of the popular video game, Doom.

According to Daily Variety, MGM execs looked at The Pink Panther again and felt better about its chances of performing in the competitive summer months. Since the remake of The Amityville Horror (April 15) will be the last film released under the MGM banner, The Pink Panther will be distributed by Sony.

In this latest incarnation of The Pink Panther, Steve Martin takes over the role of bumbling French crime fighter Inspector Clouseau, a role originated by the late comic genius Peter Sellers. Also on board for this franchise prequel are Kevin Kline, Jean Reno and Beyoncé Knowles. In addition, Friz Freleng’s and David DePatie’s 2D-animated Pink Panther character that appeared in title sequences in the first set of films is getting a 3D makeover for this entry.