‘Beverly Hills Cop’ TV Series Dead; New Movie in Development

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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.”

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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.

Are you disappointed that the Beverly Hills Cop show isn’t happening, or would you prefer a fourth big-screen adventure anyway? Sound off in the comments.


As always, stay tuned to Screen Rant for the latest updates on what’s next for the Beverly Hills Cop franchise.

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  1. Pass on both. I mean…let’s just move on. I’m perfectly happy just watching BHC 1 & 2 on blu-ray.

  2. 0/10
    Do not want.

  3. So, the pilot tested so well, but CBS didn’t pick it up. Interesting… I hope that it eventually gets picked up. As for a 4th BHC movie, I am definitely down for that.

  4. Just come back Eddie !

    • NO! The BHC Eddie died a LOOONG time ago dude!

  5. Sheeesh, what’s it gonna be? 4th film or the tv series? Lol. If they make a 4th film, I hope it’s ever great as the first film. BHC 2 & 3 were just decent sequels imo.

    • I liked the second one a lot. The third one? Not so much at all….

  6. I remember reading in an article on entertainment weekly that one of the big reasons why CBS didn’t green light the show during last year’s pilot season was because Eddie Murphy (even though his role was a minor supporting role) kept stealing the show. So I assume no one was a fan of the lead, which has me guessing that the 4th BHC movie will revolve around Murphy and not his son.

    • Sounds like a failure…and I mean of Pluto Nash proportions.

      • It would never be that big of a financial flop, joe. BHC IV’s budget wouldn’t be a ushers close to PN’s.

      • ^ anywhere close

  7. And even though we won’t end up making the movie, we loved the concept so much we’re going to try and adapt it to the small screen…..again.

  8. The first two BHC movies were brilliant. However the third was a huge stinking pile of dog poo. I’m glad the show didn’t get picked up and i really don’t want a fourth movie. The last really good movie Eddie made was Boomerang in 1992. Yes the Nutty Professor was a rare return to form (and he was very good in Dreamgirls) but the classic Eddie who had us rolling on the floor with laughter has long since left the building.

  9. I was looking forward to the TV series. I thought it could have shown a different spin on the series. I do hope Brandon is in the movie. Looking forward to this either way.

  10. Ain’t nobody got time for that! Eddie Murphy is at the perfect age to portray legendary badass, U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves and he still has enough juice to get that movie (or TV show) made.

    Why not just get with Shawn Ryan once again and make a Western instead of a fourth installment of a series that died a looooooong time ago?

  11. It would be cool to at least see the pilot pop up online somewhere. It’s a shame to make it and not show it to people.

  12. I saw the pilot, and it was pretty good!!! A lot better than a good proportion of new dramas and comedies on broadcast that are doing poorly (Crazy Ones, The Millers, Betrayal, Hostages…leaving out all of that time-shifted viewing no one else other than CBS has access to, pretty much every new NBC show with the exception of The Blacklist, and the list goes on…) Too Bad another network didn’t pick it up!

  13. Bringing Barry Sonnenfeld in without at least a guaranteed six episode deal. Sounds like, “Hey let’s shoot a ‘pilot’ (trailer) and see where it takes us. If we get a tv deal cool, if we reboot this franchise even better.”

  14. BHC 1 = Best movie ever! The show would have been better, a BHC4 will probably disappoint. However, can’t wait!

  15. I don’t think that Brandon Jackson was the right fit for the role of the son. Not a big enough name or personality to carry the torch. If they wanted a hit T.V show the perfect fit for the son would have been Kevin Hart.