If there was anyone out there who thought that the news that Brett Ratner was going to direct a new Beverly Hills Cop movie would mean a move of Eddie Murphy’s career away from the rather tepid family fare he’s been appearing in over the past several years can just put those notions to rest.
It seems that Ratner has different ideas about Murphy’s foul-mouthed action/comedy series than the rest of us have, as he has told MTV Movies Blog that the proposed new film will be “for kids.”
10-year-old kids, 12-year-old kids don’t really know the old Beverly Hills Cop. So it’s an opportunity to make it new for kids. The same way it felt for me watching Beverly Hills Cop when I was a kid, that’s what I want to do for kids today.
First of all, Brett, some quick math will show that you were 15 when the first Beverly Hills Cop came out, not 10 or 12. Oh sorry, did we just ruin some lie about your age you were trying to pull off? Sorry. (Not really.)
Secondly, recent cinematic history is littered with examples of R-rated franchises that tried to water themselves down in order to get a wider audience at the box office only to alienate their core fanbase in the process. If you have any questions about how this will blow up in your face, Mr. Ratner, feel free to ask the folks behind such films as Conan The Destroyer and Alien Vs. Predator.