The Pink Panther is heading to the big screen for The Simpsons director David Silverman's upcoming live-action movie.

Mgm executives are hoping to turn the animated cool cat into a hit new film franchise.

The project will not feature the bumbling Inspector Jacques Clouseau from the Pink Panther movies, but rather the colourful cat who appeared on Tv and in the opening credits of Peter Sellers' films.

Silverman, who directed The Simpsons Movie, is attached, while veteran producer Walter Mirisch, who oversaw the original Pink Panther films and Tv series, will serve as the producer of the new film, along with Dame Julie Andrews, whose late husband Blake Edwards directed the classic 1960s and 1970s movies.

The actress says, "I am delighted that the legacy of Blake’s iconic Pink Panther franchise will continue to grow in its new hybrid form. It is exciting that the quintessential ‘next step’ for our beloved Panther will be enjoyed by a fourth generation of audiences. I feel that Blake is encouraging us on."

The most recent Pink Panther movies focused on Clouseau, with Roberto Benigni playing the detective in 1993 and Steve Martin taking on the role in 2006 and 2009.