The Pink Panther: According to Variety, MGM moved back the release date of its The Pink Panther pic from July 22nd to September 23rd.
Prompting the move was Sony's decision to shift The Legend of Zorro off the September date, which in turn was a response to Pixar and Disney moving Cars to summer 2006. "Zorro" will now unspool Nov. 4, the date on which Cars was previously to bow.
"When there was movement on the date, we saw an opportunity to move our movie to the fall and own the weekend of Sept. 23," said Chris McGurk, vice chairman and chief operating officer of MGM.
Before the switch, "Panther," starring Steve Martin as the bumbling Inspector Clouseau, a role created by Peter Sellers, would have faced off against DreamWorks' Michael Bay tentpole The Island and New Line's Vince Vaughn comedy The Wedding Crashers.
The new date pits "Panther" against Tim Burton's Corpse Bride.