Here’s another one of those projects that churns up every now and then, the fourth Beverly Hills Cop movie. Part three was released a way back in 1994, and that was about seven years after the highly successful Beverly Hills Cop II came out, but while it seems like cinema has moved past Beverly Hills Cop, that doesn’t mean that Jerry Bruckheimer and Eddie Murphy have given up on the idea. Spinning off the movies into a CBS series featuring Axel Foley’s son came to not, so it’s back to the drawing board and a new film, which now has new directors.
According to Deadline, up-and-coming filmmakers Adil el Arbi and Bilall Fallah have signed up to helm Beverly Hills Cop 4 from a script by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows screenwriters Andre Nemec and Josh Appelbaum. El Arbi and Fallah are not yet well known in North America, but their most recent film, Black, won the Discovery Award at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Deadline says that the pair told Bruckheimer and Murphy that the Beverly Hills Cops films were big influences to them, which was a fact that helped seal the deal.
There’s no word on what the plot details of the film might be, but rumor has it that it involves Axel heading home to Detroit and solving a mystery on the mean streets of Motor City in the midst of one of the worst winters ever. Filming in Detroit will allow the production to benefit from healthy tax incentives to offset the total cost of production too. Paramount Pictures is looking to start production on the project sometime later this year or early next, but there’s not yet a release date for the film, nor is there any word about whether John Ashton, Paul Reiser, or “Here come the” Judge Reinhold might return for the sequel.
As for the lack of release date, it could be that Paramount wants to be more cautious about setting firm release dates when there’s no guarantee that the film will actually get made. It’s worth noting that Paramount had scheduled Beverly Hills Cop 4 for a March 25, 2016 release back in 2014, and you may not have noticed given that was the same day that Batman V. Superman opened, but no Eddie Murphy movie premiered back in March.
We’ll keep you posted with any new developments about Beverly Hills Cop 4…