Bruckheimer Makes Paramount Deal; ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ & ‘Top Gun’ Sequels Planned

Published 1 year ago by , Updated December 6th, 2013 at 4:46 pm,

Jerry Bruckheimer on Top Gun set Bruckheimer Makes Paramount Deal; Beverly Hills Cop & Top Gun Sequels Planned

Celebrity break-ups are something of a guilty pleasure to look in on, and one of this years’s biggest separations was that of long-term couple Jerry Bruckheimer and Walt Disney Studios. In the wake of The Lone Ranger bombing spectacularly at the box office, it was announced that Bruckheimer and Disney would be going their separate ways after 20 years in business.

Bruckheimer’s Disney legacy includes the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, which has been extremely lucrative for the company so far in a trend that seems set to continue when Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is released in 2016. Bruckheimer has no doubt been highly sought-after since the announcement of his deal with Disney coming to an end, and now the producer has found a new home.

THR revealed today that Bruckheimer has reached a three-year first-look deal with Paramount Pictures, the studio which produced some of Bruckheimer’s early hits like Top Gun and Beverly Hills Cop. Sure enough, the first films being planned as part of the deal are another sequel to Beverly Hills Cop, which is being scripted by Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) and the Top Gun sequel starring Tom Cruise.

While it’s easy to conjure up images of Bruckheimer being booted out of Disney in disgrace after The Lone Ranger cost the company around $190 million, Bruckheimer claims that he simply wanted to make different films from those he had been making at the Mouse House. It’s certainly true that he had been eyeing up Top Gun and Beverly Hills Cop for sequel treatment, so it’s no surprise to hear that Bruckheimer has ended up back at Paramount.

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The new Beverly Hills Cop movie will once again star Eddie Murphy back as leading man Axel Foley, and will be directed by Brett Ratner, according to Deadline. Paramount put the movie into development after a TV pilot based on the franchise failed to get picked up, but nonetheless left the studio feeling confident that the formula could work as on the big screen again. The movie will see Foley returning to Detroit, though it’s unknown whether Brandon T. Jackson will play his son like he did in the pilot.

Top Gun 2 has been famously languishing in development hell for almost thirty years, but Bruckheimer recently said that he has never given up the dream or the intent of getting it made. It seems unlikely that the sequel will be made before Mission Impossible 5, as was claimed last year, since Mission Impossible 5 already has a release date set for Christmas 2015. However, Bruckheimer’s move back to Paramount seems like the spur in the sides that the sequel needs to get moving again.

Tell us in the comments if you’re happy to hear about Bruckheimer returning to these classics from his career – and what you think of the Beverly Hills Cop sequel’s choice of director.


Source: THR, Deadline

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  1. bahaha, this is a blueprint for how not to put a film together. it amazes me that hacks like Ratner, McG and Bay continue to get work.

    • You can call Michael Bay a hack all you want but the truth of the matter is that you will have a hard time finding a list of people that have made more money for Hollywood than that guy. It’s called showBIZ for a reason and he’s very successful at it!

      • talent and box office have nothing to do with one another, try again

        • No but revenue and box office are all that the ‘companies’ care about. Like them or not Michael Bay’s movies draw in big bucks. Until they do otherwise he’ll continue to find work.

  2. Yes!!! A return to the Danger Zone

    • LOL!

  3. Honestly, I think the prequel to Beverly hills cop would be better than a sequel.

    At least they are keeping Tom Cruise in the sequel. I don’t think it would work without him. However, I think that its just a cash grab.

    • “prequel to Beverly hills cop” – Wouldn’t that just be about a Detroit cop? They did that already. It’s called Action Jackson.

      • And it’s epic


    sorry, top gun was my first VHS i owned, been waiting for news on a new top gun for along time… so happy

  5. Top Gun is one of my all time favourites, They just don’t make them like that anymore, the cheesy one liners are timeless, but too make a sequel now could tarnish the original, its too late, just leave Top Gun alone! here’s a thought, come up with a new idea..

  6. If BHC IV is more the like the first and second ones instead of the third, then I am looking forward to watching it.

  7. Beverly hills cop movies all suck eddie murphy is not funny this is terrible news i hope Charlie Murphy who is actually funny shows up and b**** slaps his not funny brother

  8. Beverley Hills Cop 1 & 2 were awesome but 3 just about killed it for me. I still remember watching 3 and thinking WTF!!! It was absolutely painful. Eddie Murphy needs a hit after spending the last 20 years in the toilet (apart from voicing Donkey in Shrek!!) so I hope this works out for him. As for Top Gun 2…. mmmm i’m not so sure. Maybe if the plot was that Iceman went 100% bat-sh@t crazy after his favorite mirror cracked and he stole a fighter and was planning to “crash and burn” into something big and important and the only force in the world able to stop him was Maverck!! Then yeah, ok, why not?? Oh and kinda like the Jedi ghosts – bring Goose back so they can say… “I feel the NEED!! The need for SPEED!!!” yahya!

  9. Putting Captain Jack Sparrow in The Lone Ranger (albeit under a different name) screamed lame right from the get go.

    Surely in marketing you know the audience is going to either give a collective “oh yeah!” or “Nooooooooo” as soon as the trailer hits.

    We all love Depp but no one wants to see him playing the same character in a different disney movie any more than we want to see him playing the same character in every Tim Burton film he shows up in.

    Beverley Hills Cop has potential.

    Top Gun sequel – wtf?

  10. I f they are really going to make this they need to flip the script this time , bring a pair of by the book Beverly Hills Cops[ played by Key and Peele] to Detroit on a case. When they are in Detroit they have to deal with, Lt Foley. Comedy gold!