Bruckheimer In Talks to Produce ‘Beverly Hills Cop 4′; Developing ‘Bad Boys 3′ Script

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It’s been something of  a bumpy year for super-producer Jerry Bruckheimer. The resounding failure of the Bruckheimer-produced, Gore Verbinski-directed The Lone Ranger (Disney is expected to take an estimated $190 million loss on the blockbuster) has led to Bruckheimer’s loss of final cut on Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and the ultimate delay of that film until 2016.

These events may have a part in Bruckheimer’s decision to jump back into the development of two new installments of key past franchises: Beverly Hills Cop 4 and Bad Boys 3.

Variety reports that Bruckheimer is considering joining what would be the third sequel in the Beverly Hills Cop franchise as a producer. The project was in development limbo for years until series star Eddie Murphy and producer Shawn Ryan attempted to bring the franchise back as a TV series. Despite Murphy’s involvement, CBS passed on the show, and only a pilot was produced, starring Murphy and Tropic Thunder‘s Brandon T. Jackson playing the son of Murphy’s character, Axel Foley.

Even though the pilot was directed by Men in Black‘s Barry Sonnenfeld, no other network would pick up the series, a setback which seemed to permanently end all hope of the franchise’s revival. Bruckheimer, who produced the first two movies with his late partner Don Simpson, was not involved in the pilot’s production (or the third film). That one episode apparently tested well enough to not only send the project back to Paramount to develop a fourth big-screen entry, but also entice Bruckheimer to enter talks with the studio to produce.

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As for the long-in-development Bad Boys 3, we’ve haven’t been given an update so much as a reminder that the project still exists. Bruckheimer is “helping to develop the script” for the third installment in the franchise which put Michael Bay on the map – which actually sounds more optimistic than past reports, which essentially had Bruckheimer stating that the sequel was more hopes and dreams than anything else.

Given that The Lone Ranger is a shoe-in for this year’s John Carter-sized mega-flop award, one wonders if circling back to two more old franchises (or three, when you consider that Top Gun 2 also appears to be a priority for Bruckheimer and Paramount) is really the wisest move for the producer.

That said, The Lone Ranger - as has been pointed out many times – was based on a nearly-forgotten property and suffered from a botched execution, while the Bad Boys and Beverly Hills Cop brands appear to have enough nostalgia-and-star power going for them (relatively speaking) to make their development worthwhile. 

With Pirates 5 delayed until 2016, Bruckheimer appears to have an open window to fast track these – after his thriller Beware the Night starring Olivia Munn and Eric Bana finishes filming, Bruckheimer is expected to step in and delve into Beverly Hills Cop 4‘s pre-production.


Beverly Hills Cop 4 and Bad Boys 3 are currently in development, with no release date set. Stay turned for more details as they surface.

Source: Variety

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  1. Why? Please for the sake of humanity, please stop this madness!!!!!

  2. Why should these movies even be made? The sequels were terrible. Bad Boys 2 was a loud convoluted mess and Beverly Hills Cop 3 was unwatchable. These are 2 sequels that are absolutely unnecessary.

    • One guys opinion…. that movie made well over its budget, with a similar storyline to BB 1. And it led the box office for 2 weeks. #BadBoys3!!!

  3. Why on earth would he want to do this?

  4. I for one am very much looking forward to Bad Boys 3. I really liked the first two, and felt that Michael Bay was at his best there. I haven’t liked a Michael Bay movie since Transformers 1, so I’m hoping he’ll get back to old form. I remember Will Smith saying he’d be up for a 3rd Bad Boys, and Martin Lawrence doesn’t seem to be doing much else, so I say bring it on!

    Oh, and I’d also be curious about Beverly Hills Cop 4. I didn’t feel that the 3rd was as bad as people say, although it wasn’t nearly as good as the first two.

    • finally someone I could agree with on this comment section! I’ve been wanting a Bad Boys 3 and Beverly Hills Cop 4!

    • I`m with you on this one BAD BOYS deserve a trilogy I think there’s more to be told with the right script.

      • Also agree.

  5. I am personally excited for a Bad Boys 3 I thought 1 and 2 were both good movies. They had great action and it had the perfect amount of comedy. As for Beverly Hills cop I thought all three were pretty good and I’m looking forward to it.

  6. ok bhc 3 wasn’t great but bb can be turned around and we all no it

    • Seriously Beverly Hills Cop 3 was atrocious. Does anyone remember Axel jumping car to car on the ferris wheel? I grew up with Eddie Murphy. He hasn’t been hilarious since Coming to America. He was slightly amusing at best in the fat suit which they also managed to play out to death. Somebody talk some sense to this man. Stop the madness. As for Bad Boys 3, does anyone really need to see this? I won’t even waste my time writing about the many reasons that should be avoided.

      • I remember it. I didn’t hate BHC III, but it wasn’t a good movie. I was amused by the George Lucas cameo though.

  7. BHC4 should have a plot similar to the tv show. BB3 is unnecessary but so is BHC4. Btw did anyone see Eddie Murphys new music video with Snoop Lion?!?!?!?

  8. There is no reason that these films need to be so effing expensive. Neither one is a franchise with certified bankability. They should look to what Stallone did with the last installments in the Rocky/Rambo franchises: keep it lean and mean (small budgets, strong scripts) and earn your money on the back end..

  9. martin lawrence is probably dying for this…he can stop selling his stuff on ebay

  10. I don’t care what the project is! I just can’t wait to see Will Smith back on the big screen, he is possibly the most fearless and edgy actor of his generation, not like most of these so called hollywood leading men, who stick to family friendly fodderr mixed with the occasional macho action movie. No not our Will, every movie I see him in, he just keeps pushing thoughs boundaries. We are talking about a man who turned down django,because it was not edgy enough. He is truly an artist in every sense of the word.

    • This post is the most gloriously sarcastic comment I’ve read in a while.

      Well played, sir.

  11. I’d have Beverly Hills Cop 4 if it erased the terrible 3rd one and because I’ve never seen Bad Boys so couldn’t comment on whether I want another one or not.

    It’s funny though because I talked with a friend last weekend how it seems Will Smith needs Bad Boys 3 to save his career and make him a credible draw again after the After Earth mess and Martin Lawrence might need another one because his career has tanked since the late 90s and he’d probably need some money.

  12. Please! keep those two franchises dead! Jerry take a sabbatical!

  13. The lone ranger who wants to see that that’s why it flopped and nobody cares for eddie murphy anymore

    • Walter, there’s no need for hyperbole. I’m definitely a somebody. And, I care about Eddie Murphy being in BHC IV.

  14. Absolutely loved pain and gain, Michael bay is a man to be reckoned with

  15. BHC is my favorite comedy (more of an action-comedy) of all time. Whenever that movie is on tv, I usually watch at least some of it. I find it crazy that EM was only 23 years old when BHC was released. I also enjoyed BHC II. As for the third, that one was definitely a disappointment. In the past, EM had talked about wanting to make BHC IV to atone for BHC III. I would really like it if he made good on that and returned to the grittier style of BHC I and II.