In the immortal words of a certain fictional, pirate radio DJ, "All the great themes have been used up and turned into theme parks." While that isn't exactly the case, the woes of over-used ideas and superfluous sequels are as common as salty fries and tube socks. However, as much as we bitch and bemoan the state of originality in Hollywood, there are masses who don't care and are more than happy to patronize shlock. I don't know one person who actually liked the Pink Panther remake, and Rotten Tomatoes has it at a paltry 24% -- and even many of the positive ones recognize the film's lack. However, according to Box Office Guru, the flick slipped its way into the top half of 2006's Top 50 at 24.

Reviews mean nothing when there is money to be made, and obviously they will try for another Top 25 spot with a Pink Panther sequel. Newcomers Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber had penned the return of Inspector Clouseau, but now Columbia pictures is looking for a re-write and has grabbed Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel. The pair is responsible for the likes of classics such as Splash and Spies Like Us, as well as more current fare like Robots and Fever Pitch. They've also dipped their hands into the re-writing pool a number of times, sprucing up the likes of 50 First Dates and The Notebook. That bodes well for the film, but is it enough to keep you from asking: "Why?"