Panther Sequel Gets New Scribes

Columbia Pictures has tapped veteran comedy scribes Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel to rewrite the next installment in the “Pink Panther” franchise says The Hollywood Reporter.

Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber penned an earlier draft of “The Pink Panther 2,” which will see Steve Martin return as the bumbling Inspector Clouseau.

Ganz and Mandel have polished such films as “Hitch,” “50 First Dates,” “Fat Albert,” “National Treasure,” “Kangaroo Jack,” “The Notebook” and “Stuart Little 2”. They’re full fledged credits include “Fever Pitch” and “Robots”.

Sony is negotiating with Shawn Levy, who helmed “Pink Panther,” to executive produce the sequel. There is no director attached yet. MGM is expected to co-produce.