The Beverly Hills Cop pilot at CBS will be co-produced by Paramount Pictures.
CEO Brad Grey explained that the studio will join forces with Sony Pictures Television to produce the pilot. Although Paramount is looking to get in on the action, the deal hasn’t been officially inked just yet.
According to Deadline, Grey revealed the company’s decision to co-produce the Beverly Hills Cop pilot in a recent internal memo to studio staff.
“We have entered into an agreement with Sony Pictures Television to co-finance and co-produce a one hour pilot of ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ for the CBS Television Network. If the pilot is picked up, we will continue to work with Sony TV on the series. As you know, ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ is a highly successful Paramount film franchise which stars Eddie Murphy and was launched in 1984.”
Broadcasting & Cable explains that Paramount’s decision to co-produce the Beverly Hills Cop TV series will mark its first small screen venture in over eight years. The studio lost its television division when it parted ways with Viacom in 2005.
Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman said:
“I think Paramount can get back with very little investment into the television production business and maybe work with some of our networks. So that’s an opportunity there.”
The Inquisitr previously reported that Beverly Hills Cop star Eddie Murphy will reprise his role as Axel Foley in the upcoming TV series.
Although Murphy will be featured in the series, he won’t serve as the lead. The series will follow the adventures of Foley’s son instead. Tropic Thunder and Big Mamas co-star Brandon T. Jackson will star in the pilot.
The Shield writer Shawn Ryan will handle scripting duties on the pilot. The series has been described as an hour-long police drama with comedic elements.
The Beverly Hills Cop TV series is currently pre-production. It’s currently unclear when or if the show will arrive on the small screen.