‘Beverly Hills Cop’ Set Photos Reveal Axel Foley and Son

2 years ago by  

Still trying to figure out whether you should be excited about the Beverly Hills Cop resurrection vehicle/CBS pilot? Maybe these photos of Eddie Murphy’s return as Axel Foley will help.

The pilot, which will star Tropic Thunder‘s Brandon T. Jackson as Aaron Foley (Axel Foley’s son), started filming yesterday with Men in Black director Barry Sonnenfeld behind the camera and Shawn Ryan behind the scenes as executive producer. 

Naturally, Ryan couldn’t help but make news with his twitter feed, showing off pictures from the set that featured Jackson and the original franchise star, Eddie Murphy, who will be reprising his role in the pilot and occasional episodes down the line. He’s also working as an executive producer on the project.

Check out the photos below:


We’ll have to wait till we see some actual footage to know if Murphy wears his iconic Detroit Lions varsity jacket, but thanks to Ryan, we know that it’s at least on set – and really, isn’t that somewhat reassuring?

Joining Murphy and Jackson in the pilot will be Chicago Hope alum Christine Lahti, who recently appeared on Hawaii Five-O, which was the last show that CBS spun from an old and abandoned property. Lahti will play a police captain in the pilot. Usual Suspects star and stand-up comic Kevin Pollack is also signed up to be a part of the show as a lawyer and David Denman (The Office) will play another cop on the force. Billy Rosewood himself, A.K.A. Judge Reinhold will also make an appearance.

Details about the plot are few and far between right now, but the basic premise involves Aaron Foley setting up shop as a cop in Beverly Hills and following in his father’s footsteps.

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Usually, it’s hard to get excited for a pilot because of the somewhat long odds that it’ll ever see the light of day, but the Beverly Hills Cop deal was for a “put-pilot,” which comes with the proviso that it makes it to air. So, unless this show winds up being so bad that CBS deems it more economical to pay a penalty and bury the tapes in a shallow grave next to Victor Maitland’s body, we’ll probably get more Axel.

Of course, we always seemed fated to get more Axel Foley one way or the other as Murphy has been working – off and on – to bring the character back since the underwhelming (to put it generously) third film. The role of Foley is arguably Eddie Murphy’s most iconic and the first Beverly Hills Cop is widely regarded as a classic. If the show turns out to be extremely successful, might a Beverly Hills Cop 4 be on the way to the big screen, featuring both father and son?

Beverly Hills Cop has no release date as of yet, but one can imagine that if it pops up on schedules before the fall season, something went horribly awry.


Source: Twitter

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  1. You would think Eddie Murphy wouldnt be doing anything else so he would want to have a bigger role in the series. even if he only has a couple minutes in each episode. Especially if the show is actually GOOD. he would be smart to stick with the show instead of putting out more crap films.

    • What is crap to you (and me) is gold to someone because Eddie has never stopped working and he isnt hurting one bit. That is the crap truth about Hollywood.

    • Yeah, if you saw how much Eddie made for those crap movies, you would do them too

  2. Eddie Murphy knows what he is doing.

  3. I’m really looking forward to this. I think that BHC is the funniest movie of the 80s. I think that this show can be good. It makes sense that Eddie won’t be a regular since he’ll probably want to stay with making movies, but Judge should be a regular.

  4. Jason, nice Meitland reference. The guy who played that role did a stellar job.

  5. I have high hopes for this, Eddie has been in Nic Cage mode for years now making all kinds of crap, his best movies were in the 80′s when he was funny, raw and had his crazy laugh (where did that go by the way?) I think Metro was his last decent movie which was a semi serious BHC

    I love Eddie and want him back at his best, I blame that dirty spice girl for ruining his mojo!

    • Trading Places, Beverly Hills Cop, Beverly Hills Cop 2, Coming to America, Nutty Professor and Daddy Daycare were his best movies.

      Rest of them not so much, to flat out bad.

      Singular Performance as Showgirls, which he was actually good.

      • You me a Dreamgirls

        Yeah I agree with those, Bowfinger was pretty funny and his stand shows are amazing!

        • Thanks Dr Noisewater

          What the heck was I thinking with that god awful showgirls.

      • 48 hours is a damn good movie too.

      • The Golden Child is one of my favourite films of his as well.

  6. Spoilers.

  7. Man I’m so skeptical about this. I’ll reserve judgement until the pilot though – I hope it’s good.

  8. was looking forward for another BHC film instead of a TV series hopefully it workouts, for another BHC 4

  9. I am looking forward to this. It is good to see Murphy back to what made him in the movie industry.

  10. I think you need to edit your last sentence. You said “but one can imagine that if it pops up on schedules before the fall season, something went horribly awry.” I believe you meant but one can imagine that if it DOESN’T pop up on schedules before the fall….

  11. Until I read this post I had no idea that Murphy was going to be involved with this show. Anytime I saw a post about the series I ignored it and kind of rolled my eyes thinking it was just another dumb idea.
    Shame on me…
    But now that I know Murphy will be on the show in any degree I’ll give it a shot.

  12. let’s not forget ‘the golden child’,’harlem nights’,& ‘life’. I hope this turns out to be decent.

  13. Eddie Murphy is what made BHC1&2 good, his laugh and wise cracks – I have a bad feeling this is going to suck ass, ill give it a good try though as (for me) the first 2 films are top quality.

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  15. Oh wow, they should’ve just made a 4th film. I hate the whole “son” concept. Just use eddie murphy! now if they make a 4th movie its gonna involve the “son” and than it’ll be big mommas house 3 all over again, even though all those movies sucked.

  16. My favorites are …Coming to America, Beverly HIlls Cop, The Nutty Professor and Boomerang.

  17. I literally JUST finished watching Beverly Hills Cop on Netflixs and Axel NEVER even WEARS that Detroit Lions jacket in the first movie!!!
    still I love the idea of a father son team… even if the show isn’t about Eddie Murphy…he and Judge Reinhold will both be back… and I’m hoping that the rest of the cast will make appearances…

    All for this show! (just cant figure out where the damn jacket comes in?)

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