Written and directed by Blake Edwards, the original 1963 Pink Panther was a hit, thanks to Peter Sellers' brilliantly daffy performance as Inspector Jacques Clouseau. Originally a supporting character, Sellers' bumbling detective stole the series from David Niven's jewel thief, building a franchise on the slapstick antics of Clouseau. After the late actor passed in 1978, though, MGM should've taken a cue from United Artists and wrapped the series.
Instead, they cobbled together another sequel, Trail of the Pink Panther, from footage cut from Sellers' second to last entry, The Pink Panther Strikes Again. The follow-up, Curse of the Pink Panther—complete with a Roger Moore cameo as Clouseau—refocused attention on Ted Wass' New York cop, Clifton Sleigh, but failed to recapture the charms of earlier films. Similarly, Italian comedic actor Roberto Benigni reprised the character, or at least that of his progeny, in Son of the Pink Panther to little aplomb.
In the late 2000s, Steve Martin headlined a revival and its subsequent reboot. Despite a decent run at the box office, neither films recaptured the magic of the original six films, and since then, no studios have shown interest in reviving the franchise.