Eddie Murphy has officially signed on to reprise his role as Axel Foley in the next installment of the Beverly Hills Cop franchise.
Now that the proposed television series is dead in the water, focus is currently shifting to a sequel. Rumors has it that Murphy will be joined by Brandon T. Jackson in the flick. Although the series didn’t get picked up, apparently it generated enough interest to get another movie going.
The proposed Beverly Hills Cop series originally cast Jackson as Axel Foley’s son. However, it’s unknown if this will remain true for the sequel. Details are few and far between.
The Shield creator Shawn Ryan announced on Twitter last week that the TV show wasn’t going to happen. In addition to breaking that bit of news, he revealed that Paramount Pictures was definitely interested in getting Beverly Hills Cop 4 off the ground.
“Sad to report that efforts to land Beverly Hills Cop pilot at another network have failed. This iteration is dead for now. Good news for fans of franchise is that the pilot tested so well, it has caused Paramount to put another #BHC movie into development,” he wrote.
The first Beverly Hills Cop took the box office by storm way back in 1984. Tony Scott and John Landis were instrumental in bringing the movie to life, though it’s currently unclear if they will have any involvement with the fourth installment.
Although Eddie Murphy joked last year about retiring, it would appear that he’s more than willing to come back in front of the camera for the sequel. The guy definitely needs a box office hit before he bows out completely; the actor’s past few cinematic endeavors have been less than impressive. Here’s hoping the fourth movie retains the feel of the first two flicks.
What do you think about Eddie Murphy signing on for the Beverly Hills Cop sequel? Are you disappointed that the television series isn’t going to happen?
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