Fans of classic action comedy Beverly Hills Cop may want to press pause on the franchise’s infectious theme music. The film series – which starred Eddie Murphy and comprised three films released between 1984 and 1994 – was on its way to the small screen with Brandon T. Jackson (Tropic Thunder) starring as the son of Murphy’s Axel Foley character and Murphy himself returning (at least for the pilot).
CBS ultimately passed on the project, and only a pilot episode of the series was produced. However, hope lived on that another network could pick up the Beverly Hills Cop series. After all, the project not only had Murphy’s blessing but his involvement and Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black) in the director’s chair. Such a star-studded affair could surely find a home in the age of streaming digital services, right?
Apparently not. Producer Shawn Ryan has confirmed via his Twitter account that the Beverly Hills Cop show is officially not happening. Here’s what he had to say:
“Sad to report that efforts to land Beverly Hills Cop pilot at another network have failed. This iteration is dead for now.”
Before fans could react to the news that the show will not be picked up, Ryan quickly followed that tweet with another, more hopeful one.
“Good news for fans of franchise is that the pilot tested so well, it has caused Paramount to put another #BHC movie into development.”
Fans may remember that a proposed Beverly Hills Cop 4 languished in development hell for years before Murphy and company set their sights on a small screen revival instead. So it’s an interesting turn of events that ongoing efforts to revive the franchise – which has remained stagnant for nearly 20 years – have once again returned to the idea of another theatrical film.
Ryan fails to mention if the show’s cast or even the concept of focusing on Axel Foley’s son will carry over to the new film. Also, he gives no indication why – if the pilot tested as well as he says – CBS (or another network, for that matter) failed to pick the show in the first place.
With such high-profile actors attached, cost is certainly the most likely factor. In that case, a moderately budgeted movie – perhaps one in which Jackson and Murphy’s characters partner up – is probably a safer investment. However, another sequel/reboot of such a long-term franchise is always a gamble. Sometimes it works (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), and sometimes it leaves fans and audiences wishing for something new (A Good Day to Die Hard).
In either case, it’s likely – whatever shape the next Beverly Hills Cop project takes – that Judge Reinhold will be onboard.
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