There has been talk of Eddie Murphy starring in a fourth Beverly Hills Cop movie since the early nineties (yeah it’s been that damn long). But things failed to materialise on more than a few occasions. Rush Hour director Brett Ratner was attached to direct the film back in 2008, but CBS thought it would be a good idea to turn the film franchise into a TV series and ordered a pilot.
That failed (just like the Rush Hour TV series that aired this year), and it was back to the drawing board. Now comes news that Paramount are once again looking to get the franchise up and running, with Eddie Murphy returning as the fast talking Detroit cop.
According to Deadline, Paramount have hired Belgian directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, best known for their film Black to bring Axel Foley back to the big screen. Their report says both producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Eddie Murphy were impressed with the duo’s work.
El Arbi and Fallah will work from a script by Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec for Beverly Hills Cop 4, that will see Axel return to his Detroit origins. Production for the film will begin later this year or early in 2017.
Eddie Murphy hasn’t been a hit at the box office for a while now—let’s face it he’s had his hey day. But that could all change if Beverly Hills Cop 4 comes to fruition. I’m not gonna hold my breath though.