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Pink Panther to open Aug 5th
"The Pink Panther" — with Wicked's Chenoweth — Changes Release Date
By Andrew Gans
April 8, 2005
"The Pink Panther," a prequel to the original 1964 Peter Sellers film, will arrive in movie screens across the country this summer.The MGM film — starring Steve Martin as Inspector Jacques Clouseau and Kevin Kline as Chief Inspector Dreyfus — was originally slated for a July 22 release. The movie was then pushed back to Sept. 23, but Variety now reports that "The Pink Panther" will make its bow Aug. 5. Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth also appears in the new film as Cherie.
MGM's Erik Lomis told the industry paper, "We looked at the picture again, and it screened very well. We saw an opportunity to get it back into the summer where all age groups are available seven days a week, so we took it."
The Hollywood Reporter previously said that the film follows the story of "Chief Inspector Dreyfus (Kline), who needs an idiot to take over the investigation of the missing legendary 'Pink Panther' diamond ring, which was stolen from the manager of a French soccer team. The person he needs is a fool who will divert public attention that in turn will make him look better when he solves the case himself. He then turns to Inspector Clouseau (Martin)."