Friday, June 10, 2005

It was announced this week that the new Pink Panther movie, featuring Steve Martin as Clouseau, has had its opening moved from August 5th to February 11th. Given that February isn't a peak period for movie releases a lot of people have had their perceptions that the new Panther is a pink turkey enhanced.

Why would anyone think this film is a good idea? Some films can be remade because the story is the important thing. The Pink Panther and its sequels are not examples of such films. The focus of the films was Peter Sellers as Clouseau, and the actual plots are secondary. As good as a comedian as Martin is he's not Sellers, and any attempt at copying Sellers will just come across as bad parody.

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