It was recently announced that CBS had passed on turning the pilot for a Beverly Hills Cop reboot into a series. The pilot starred Brandon T. Jackson (Tropic Thunder, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters) as Axel Foley’s son, with Eddie Murphy reprising his role as Foley, in addition to serving as an executive producer on the show.
Despite glowing reviews and testing high with focus groups, CBS inexplicably declined to pick up the show. While the fate of the TV show is unknown, apparently it has built enough buzz (especially Murphy’s performance) that Paramount Pictures is interested in moving forward with the long rumored Beverly Hills Cop 4.
Writing team Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) have been hired to pen the screenplay. Jerry Bruckheimer served as an executive producer on the TV adaptation and will presumably produce the film as well (although he didn’t produce Beverly Hills Cop III). No director has been announced, but Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black) directed the pilot for the proposed series, so it’s a possibility he’ll take on directing duties on the film as well. Another name being thrown around back when the fourth installment was first rumored was Brett Ratner (X-Men: The Last Stand, Rush Hour).
No plot details are available at this time as it’s unknown if they’ll adapt the idea from the TV show and keep with a father/son dynamic or if they’ll start fresh with a new idea. Either way, it’ll be nice to see Murphy take a break from the lame family comedies he’s been doing lately and step back into the edgy role that made him a star. Not to mention, this would potentially be the first R-rated movie that Murphy has appeared in since 1999’s Life.
Whether it’s on the big-screen, small, or both; the Beverly Hills Cop franchise will be returning one way or another.