Ratner & Murphy & Beverly Hills Cop 4?

Published 7 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 6:52 am,

BEVERLYHILLSCOP Ratner & Murphy & Beverly Hills Cop 4?Over the past couple of years we have seen the return of John McClane, Rocky Balboa, John Rambo and Indiana Jones.

Now get ready for the return of Axel Foley.

Yes – Eddie Murphy is set to return to the franchise with Beverly Hills Cop 4.

So who would direct the fourth film in the series and follow in the footsteps of Martin Brest, Tony Scott and John Landis?

Well, fanboy favorite Brett Ratner of course.

There have been rumors of a fourth Axel Foley adventure floating about for years, the main idea being having it set in London. This is strange considering that the Foley character is actually from Detroit and the first three films were set in Beverly Hills. Would that make the film London Cop?

Ratner is in negotiations to direct the film, but no writer has yet been hired or possible plot mentioned. However they do intend to start production in 2009 for a 2010 release.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura will produce the film, however Jerry Bruckheimer (producer of the first two films) will not be involved, he and then partner Don Simpson dropped out of the mediocre third film over a financial dispute.

I know quite a few people detest Ratner’s work, but I think he’s a pretty solid director. While X-Men 3 might have been flawed, the blame does not lie at Ratner’s door – he was tasked with coming in at the eleventh hour and making the movie under an insanely short schedule. If you need to see Ratner at his best – check out the Pierce Brosnan starrer After the Sunset.

I’m a sentimental kind of guy, so I like these fan favorites returning to the big screen. I just hope that it’s Murphy circa 1985 rather than the soulless family entertainer that we’ve been seeing for the past 15 odd years.

I’m sure that this will cause quite a bit of discussion, but it might just mean that I’ll see an Eddie Murphy film in the cinema for the first time since… Beverly Hills Cop III in 1994. Now that makes me feel old!

Thoughts, Ladies and Gents?

Source: Moviehole

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  1. Beverly Hills 3 was horrible! I say make a fourth and if it works, stop there and let it go out with a bang. Murphy should stay away from the family films because they don’t work for him; Nutty Professor was the exception but I wouldn’t consider that wholely family fun.

  2. If they were smart, they’d set it in Detroit and send Judge Reinhold over there. Then HE would be the Beverly Hills Cop! Lots of potential laughs with Murphy trying to keep Reinhold alive on the rough streets of Detroit. But that’s just MHO

  3. Does this mean that (like Indy and John McClane in their 4th outtings) Axel will suddenly become totally indestructable…albeit older and grumpy?

    Oh, and of course add a young “hip” sidekick!


  4. I have to agree with the Klingon. Do the 4th installment, have it kick butt like Rocky Balboa and Rambo, then let it be. I really enjoyed the first 2 movies; I thought they were Murphy at his best, but the third was BLECH. This COULD be a funny film, as long as Ratner doesn’t try to squeeze TOO much into the story.

  5. Ratner is a hack – and he has been recycling the same movie model since Money Talks – hence all three Rush Hour movies. And anything else he has done has pretty much been a take on soemthing else someone has done. He also ruined the Xmen franchise by taking out all the heart and emotion Singer had infused in the first two movies.

    The fact that he would be doing this (and setting it in London – gasp! Fish out of water!!! So original!!) totally fits with his profile.

    Right now I don;t know what will be worse – this or McG’s T4.

  6. Slapstick craptacular.
    Sh_t wrapped in gold still smells.

    Bev Cop had a cool soundtrack and was a decent 90′s vibe film.
    That’s it there’s nothing else to see here folks move along, move along.

    Ratners really setting his sights low. What a d_ld_!

  7. I’m totally with 790
    Don’t think a good remake (like the original) will be very fit for the public of today. It was perfect for the 90′s and will never be any good today. At least not with changing the whole concept.


  8. I vote for Hippie’s idea; that’s the smartest idea yet!

    Of course, being the smartest idea means it hasn’t a hope in heck of being made, seeing as smart ideas get tossed out with the baby and the bathwater.