Beverly Hills Cop 4 Coming. Paramount Pictures and Eddie Murphy are moving forward with a fourth film in the Beverly Hills Cop series. Eddie Murphy will reprise his role as Axel Foley, “a street-smart Detroit cop who heads to Beverly Hills, California to solve the murder of his best friend.” This is surprising news on the surface until you consider this film’s catalyst: the Beverly Hills Cop TV show pilot that didn’t not get picked up to series.
On how the Beverly Hills Cop TV show pilot helped spur interest in Beverly Hills Cop 4:
The [Beverly Hills Cop TV show pilot]…, written by Shawn Ryan and executive produced by Murphy and Ryan, ignited a bidding war before landing at CBS last fall where it went to a pilot starring Brandon T. Jackson as Axel’s son. Murphy reprized his role in a scene-stealing turn that had people talking. It showed that the character and Murphy’s portrayal are still pretty potent. The pilot was produced by Sony Pictures TV, with Paramount, as rights holder, coming on board after the pilot green light for what the company billed as its re-entry into television. (Paramount is restarting a TV production operation.) For whatever reason, Paramount-CBS politics or pilot testing depending who you ask, the project shockingly did not go to series.
On the people behind the scenes of Beverly Hills Cop 4: “Paramount Pictures has…set Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec to write that script.”
On the history of the series and the financial reason behind Beverly Hills Cop 4:
The series began in 1984…Martin Brest directed the first one, Tony Scott helmed the second, and the last one was directed by John Landis in 1994, back when Murphy was one of the studio’s biggest stars. The series grossed near $750 million collectively.
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