Hollywood’s most famous laugh will soon be returning to the big screen – the Beverly Hills Cop franchise has moved one step closer to releasing a fourth installment now that star Eddie Murphy and producer Jerry Bruckheimer has settled on the helmsman (or helmsmen in this case).
Since Beverly Hills Cop 3 hit cinemas back in 1994, Eddie Murphy has been trying to convince Hollywood to continue the franchise that follows the exploits of Detroit cop Axel Foley, though with the last installment bombing somewhat with critics, it’s road back to the big screen has been a rocky one.
At one point, Jerry Bruckheimer was considering turning the hit franchise into a TV series, though it failed to materialize before it reached the pilot stage. Now however, it appears things are finally moving forward with Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol writers penning the script and Belgium directing duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah set to make their Hollywood mainstream debut.
Eddie Murphy has confirmed that he’ll be returning as Axel Foley, though it’s still unknown who’ll join him on the cast sheet, though previous stars Judge Reinhold and John Ashton are likely to return as their character counterparts Det. Billy Rosewood and Sgt. Taggart.
It appears Hollywood is going through an obsessive sequel phase at the moment, greenlighting sequels to almost every film as well as resurrecting old franchises that may still provide some box office revenue – not surprising considering the last three films generating almost $750 million worldwide.
Murphy will be hoping that the return of Axel Foley will help reignite his career having taken a serious nose dive over the past decade that’s seen some serious questionable performances from an actor that was once one of Hollywood’s biggest names.
The plot and release date for the upcoming installment is still unknown but Beverly Hills Cop 4 will likely hit cinemas sometime in 2018.