Word is circulating that after Beverly Cop 4 hits theaters, actor/comedian Eddie Murphy may be done with films for good. Along with that bit of good news, came confirmation from Beverly Hills Cop 4 director Brett Ratner that the film will NOT be rated PG-13 as previously reported, but will indeed carry a very hard R rating, for all those action junkies who need the wet stuff to mess the silver screen before they can get their kicks. (Also known as Rambo Syndrome.) According to Ratner:

“Don’t believe everything you read on the internet. Believe me, this is going to be a hard core ‘R’ Beverly Hills Cop. I start shooting next year…”

Now, a few Pluto Nash fans out there (or perhaps that one Norbit fan) might wonder why I see Eddie Murphy’s sudden retirement as a good thing. (Really? You have to wonder? Cuz Meet Dave sure sounds like a death knell if I’ve ever heard one.) And besides, Norbit fan, you should always try to remember: when a door closes, a window gets opened. Check out a recent statement from Murphy during an interview with entertainment news show Extra:

“I have close to fifty movies and it’s like, why am I in the movies? I’ve done that part now. I’ll go back to the stage and do standup.”

So basically, after Eddie Murphy rakes in a last exorbitant payday with Beverly Hills Cop 4, you never have to watch another installment of The Nutty Professor. And in exchange, you’ll potentially get another Delirious or Raw comedy special you can spend the next two decades busting a gut over. Sound like a fair trade?

Unless Murphy’s standup ends up following the same trend as his film career: from edgy and, well, RAW, dulled down to family friendly. But let’s not even think like that, all negative and such. Let’s be positive. Only a few more shameful outings at the box office, (the “Untitled Eddie Murphy/Romeo and Juliet Project” on IMDB kind of scares me,) and after that, we all just might get back the Eddie Murphy we loved best. Ah, if only to hear that laugh again…

As for Beverly Hills Cop 4? Well, at least it’ll be violent (and offer some potential nudity.) Beyond that, DO NOT GET YOUR HOPES UP. After BHC3, I can’t even see how you could.

Are you eager to see this sequel, or should Eddie Murphy start making Friday night reservations at the Apollo Theater again? Hit us back and let us know.

Source: Jo Blo, Latino Review