Bad news for Axel Foley on the television front may be good news for for him on the film front.
As the proposed Beverly Hills Cop television pilot for CBS, which would have featured the son of Eddie Murphy’s wise-cracking police detective Axel Foley, has died without being ordered to series, Universal is taking another look at producing a fourth film to the action-comedy franchise.
According to Deadline, the studio has hired Mission: Impossible–Ghost Protocol and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles screenwriters Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec to script Beverly Hills Cop 4 and that Eddie Murphy is already committed to the project. Reportedly, the studio was still convinced that there is a future for the franchise despite CBS passing on the series pilot produced earlier this year.
This would not be the first time that Universal has put a fourth Beverly Hills Cop film into development. Back in 2008, director Brett Ratner was working with screenwriters Michael Brandt and Derek Haas on a story that saw Axel returning to Beverly Hills to investigate the murder of his old friend Billy Rosewood (Judge Reinhold from the previous three films).
Murphy launched the franchise of the Detroit cop who repeatedly finds his way to Beverly Hills in the course of his investigations as his career was in its ascendency back in 1984 with director Martin Brest. Subsequent entries in 1987 and 1994 were directed by Tony Scott and John Landis respectively.