Almost 20 years after the last Beverly Hills Cop movie, Axel Foley will protect the Hills once more.
Deadline confirms that when the TV series based on Eddie Murphy‘s role in the iconic franchise was dropped, Paramount Pictures expressed interest in developing a new installment. According to the site, the spin-off’s pilot, which tested extremely well, displayed a scene-stealing Murphy that “had people talking” and “showed [that] the character and Murphy’s portrayal are still pretty potent.” Although CBS chose not to pick the Murphy-produced pilot up for a series, his co-producer, Shawn Ryan, also confirmed via Twitter that “the pilot tested so well, it has caused Paramount to put another [Beverly Hills Cop] movie into development.” While the first attempt at Beverly Hills Cop 4 was terminated by Murphy in anticipation of the television series, it seems as if the franchise will be continuing after all.
Murphy’s first portrayal of the tough-talking Detroit cop held the box office record for R-rated comedies until it was beaten by The Hangover. The comedian, who was last seen on the silver screen in Tower Heist, better dust off his badge and gun, because it’s time for a comeback.