Steve Martin has signed on to play Inspector Clouseau for the movie 'The Birth of the Pink Panther'.

Variety says the film is set to go into production next year.

In other Steve Martin news, an adaptation of his novella 'Shopgirl' is currently shooting in Los Angeles.

The film stars Martin, Claire Danes and Jason Schwartzman and tells the story of the relationship between a young shop assistant, who dreams of becoming an artist, and her wealthy benefactor.