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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