Scribes adding color to 'Pink'


Columbia Pictures has tapped veteran comedy scribes Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel to rewrite the next installment in the "Pink Panther" franchise.

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 are known as the go-to rewrite duo for studio fare, having polished such films as "Hitch," "50 First Dates," "Fat Albert," "National Treasure," "Kangaroo Jack," "The Notebook" and "Stuart Little 2."

MGM co-produced the most recent "Pink Panther" film, which last year earned $158.7 million worldwide. The revamped studio is expected to team again with Sony to co-produce "Pink Panther 2."

Sony is negotiating with Shawn Levy, who helmed "Pink Panther," to executive produce the sequel. There is no director attached yet.

Robert Simonds is producing, and Sony's Elizabeth Cantillon is overseeing for the studio.

Ganz and Mandel, whose recent credits include "Fever Pitch" and "Robots," have several screenplays in development, including "Magic Kingdom for Sale — Sold" at Universal Pictures.

They are repped by CAA.