By Gregory Kirschling
October 24, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT

MOVIES The Pink Panther Strikes Again, again! MGM wants to bring back Peter Sellers’ Inspector Clouseau franchise — with Steve Martin as the bumbling sleuth. The Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid star is in discussions…. Reese Witherspoon is attached to star in and produce Bunny Lake Is Missing, a remake of a 1965 Laurence Olivier-Carol Lynley mystery-thriller about a girl who goes missing — or does she? Dun daaah DAAAAH!… Jim Carrey might star in The Hypnotist as a spell caster who must get his powers back by the end credits. You are getting sleepy just thinking about it…. Now that Michael Chiklis has an Emmy for The Shield, he can focus on expanding his cinematic legacy beyond ’89’s Wired (”For John Belushi, every night was Saturday night!”). He’ll try just that with Make Someone Happy, an indie film about a man with a son from a previous relationship…. Meet the cast of the likely new M. Night Shyamalan pic — a tiger, an orangutan, a hyena, a zebra, and a kid! The Signs helmer is close to adapting Yann Martel’s novel Life of Pi, set on a lifeboat.

TELEVISION He of the perfectly feathered ‘do and the nonthreatening sex appeal that set preteen girls a-blazin’ back in 1977 — ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Shaun Cassidy! — is developing Rhapsody, a singing soap opera for Fox. The show will include romance, murder, mystery, and — if he can nab the rights — some Elton John tunes.