Three of the last four blockbusters that Jerry Bruckheimer produced for the Walt Disney Company - specifically the ones that did not feature the Jack Sparrow character - under-performed at the box office and/or failed to kickoff a lucrative new franchise as intended. Hence, it didn't come as a shock when the pair went their separate ways in 2013, now that the Mouse House has Marvel Studios' Cinematic Universe as a primary source for cash flow (and intends to take advantage of new-acquisition Lucasfilm to usher in a new era of Star Wars multi-platform entertainment).
Bruckheimer was quick to land on his feet after his ended his first-look deal with Disney; in fact, he set up shop at Paramount just a few months after the news went public. Part of Paramount's deal with the producer includes prioritizing development on another Beverly Hills Cop movie, as well as the long-incoming Top Gun sequel.
Bruckheimer discussed plot details for the aforementioned prospective Tom Cruise vehicle this week during an interview with Bloomberg TV; during the same interview (hat tip to THR), he provided an update on the potential start dates for production on Beverly Hills Cop 4 and Pirates of the Caribbean 5 (a.k.a. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales).
Disney CEO Bob Iger recently revealed that Pirates of the Caribbean 5 hasn't been officially green-lit yet, which did come as something of a surprise. After all, even though the project had been delayed from its original 2015 release date to allow for additional pre-production development, it already has a pair of directors lined up (Kon-Tiki helmers Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg), along with a script by Jeff Nathanson (Rush Hour 2 & 3, Tower Heist) and series lead Johnny Depp ready to reprise as Captain Jack Sparrow.
Bruckheimer told Bloomberg TV that he's hoping the fifth Pirates installment will begin shooting this fall "if everything lines up properly," which could be easier said than done - though, it still appears to be feasible. Depp is expected to work on the gangster biopic Black Mass this summer, before filming on Disney's Alice in Wonderland sequel begins (with Depp reprising as the Mad Hatter), sometime in the early going of 2015 most likely. That leaves an opening for Pirates of the Caribbean 5 to film in between those other Depp projects, which presumably is what Bruckheimer is hoping to take advantage of (judging by his comment).
Meanwhile, Beverly Hills Cop 4 could begin production as early as this summer, according to Bruckheimer, also who says that the script is nearly complete and "We're going to take Eddie [Murphy] back to Detroit. He's going to be in Beverly Hills … so we're going to have some fun with him." Brett Ratner (who's currently putting the finishing touches on this summer's Hercules) is reportedly set to direct the long-rumored project, which found new life after the Beverly Hills Cop TV series pilot - starring Brandon T. Jackson as the son of Murphy's Axel Foley - was scrapped.
Both of these franchise movies are dubious prospects from a creative perspective, going off the diminishing critical returns for previous installments - to mention nothing of the people who are involved behind the scenes on these new chapters. A fifth Pirates of the Caribbean promises bigger ticket sales than a Beverly Hills Cop installment headlined by Eddie Murphy at this point, but it also come with greater risks since it ought to have a much larger budget by comparison.
That is to say: we'll have to wait and see which - if either (or both) - of these particular Bruckheimer projects actually becomes a real thing in the foreseeable future. Let us know in the comments section if these films sound interesting to you, or if you've gotten your fill of either one (if not both) of the franchises in question.
We'll keep you posted on development for Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and Beverly Hills Cop 4.
Source: Bloomberg TV [via THR]