The panther will take on the monkey as Sony Pictures moves The Pink Panther from its intended Aug. 5 debut to Feb. 10, 2006, the same day Universal plans to release its 2D-animated Curious George feature. A prequel to the classic Peter Sellers film franchise, the new Pink Panther stars Steve Martin as the bumbling, but effective, Inspector Clouseau, and will feature a new 3D version of Friz Freleng’s and David DePatie’s animated Pink Panther character.
The push back is reportedly due to Sony’s recent acquisition of MGM, the studio originally behind the pic. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony says it wants to give its marketing department more time to properly launch what it hopes will be a franchise tentpole.
This is the third time the film’s been moved around in the release schedule. It was originally slated to debut July 22, but was pushed to late September before shifting back to August. MGM execs said at the time that they felt the movie would play better as a Summer release.
Directed by Shawn Levy, The Pink Panther also stars Kevin Kline, Jean Reno and Beyoncé Knowles. Though the movie is mostly live-action, the animated feline will show up in title sequences as he did in the original films.