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After failing to make it as a TV series, the long-gestating follow-up to the Beverly Hills Cop trilogy has just come full circle. Brett Ratner has signed on to direct Beverly Hills Cop IV, about five years after he was initially in talks. Jerry Bruckheimer is producing for Paramount. More details after the jump.

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Jerry Bruckheimer is going back to the studio he ruled in the Eighties. After ending a very successful development deal with Disney earlier this year, it was announced the mega-producer is driving down the hill and signing a new deal with Paramount, the studio Bruckheimer made his home in the 1980s, and where he developed such mega-hits as Flashdance, Top Gun and Beverly Hills Cop. Sequels to the latter two are among his first new priorities. Read More »

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People under the age of 25 might be too young to remember what the names “Simpson/Bruckheimer” meant when appearing in front of a movie. With films like Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop, Days of Thunder, Bad Boys, The Rock, odds were if Jerry Bruckheimer and the late Don Simpson produced a movie in the Eighties or Nineties, it was awesome. After Simpson’s passing in 1996, Bruckheimer did his best to carry on the legacy. In recent years, he has faltered.

With one of Bruckheimer’s biggest films now delayed, the producer is turning his attention back to another franchise he helped create. Variety reports despite not having anything to do with Beverly Hills Cop III or the failed TV pilot, Bruckheimer is in talks to produce Beverly Hills Cop IV. He’s also still working on Top Gun 2 and developing Bad Boys 3, among other things. Read More »

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Beverly Hills Cop 4 was stuck in on-again, off-again development for years before Eddie Murphy finally reworked the concept as a spinoff TV series. Initially, the new medium seemed like the right approach. CBS won a “very competitive” bidding war to order the Beverly Hills Cop pilot. Brandon T. Jackson, Kevin Pollak, and David Denman were tapped for leading roles, Barry Sonnenfeld signed on to direct…

… And then, nothing. CBS opted not to give it a series order, and no other network emerged to pick it up, either. But if you were clamoring to see the further adventures of Axel Foley, don’t despair. While the TV show isn’t going forward, producer Shawn Ryan says a new movie could be. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

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When this story started unfolding, the first bit of breaking news was that Judge Reinhold and John Ashton‘s cops Rosewood and Taggart would both be back and reunite with Eddie Murphy for the next Beverly Hills Cop film. Then, an apparent U-turn came when it was announced that, actually, nothing like that could be promised yet as a new writer was about to come onto the project. So… Taggart and Rosewood or no Taggart and Rosewood?

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Brett Ratner Says Trump Heist Might Be Next

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Movieline caught up with hack director Brett Ratner and was able to get “The Rat” to go on record about the many films listed on the director’s Internet Movie Database page. As suspected, most of them aren’t happening or are in early stages of development.

But the film Ratner claims is the “closest to getting made” is Trump Heist. The action crime comedy tells the story of a bunch of employees of the Trump Tower who conspire to rip off the building’s residents. Eddie Murphy is signed to play the leader of the crew of con artists and Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle and Chris Tucker are reportedly in consideration to join the cast. Ratner just hired Ocean’s Eleven scribe Ted Griffin to re-write the script.

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More Beverly Hills Cop IV Details Emerge

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Can someone perform a drive-by on this project while blasting Harold Faltermeyer instrumentals? We’ve already seen a 180-spin with Beverly Hills Cop IV, with poolguy Brett Ratner originally playing to the kiddies, then predictably back-pedaling and labeling the film “hard R, brah” followed by a tepid review of the script and its more serious “standard cop movie” tone (Judge Reinhold gets murdered etc).

Apparently screenwriters Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, who remain hot from adapting Wanted and 3:10 to Yuma, have been tinkering with their original draft. CineFools just interviewed Brandt, who clarifies that the BHC4 script is a reworking of their older, unrelated script entitled Dying Day. This reminds me of how a script entitled “Simon Says” was used, adequately if not definitively so, for Die Hard 3. Brandt had this to say about the project’s progress…

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LatinoReview has gotten a look at Michael Brandt and Derek Haas‘ screenplay for Brett Ratner‘s “Beverly Hills Cop 2009“. Yes, even the title has a Ratner-level of annoyance. So what’s it about?

Billy Rosewood (Judge Reinhold) is killed from a fall out of the 20th story of the Los Angeles Police Headquarters, but Axel (Eddie Murphy) refuses to believe it was a suicide. He is teamed up with a fat rookie cop with low self-esteem named Goodwin to solve the “murder”. And when he’s not on the case, Axel is trying to hook Goodwin up with a lady cop in the facial recognition department whom he has a crush on, and teach him the ropes. And the whole thing degenerates into a “pretty standard police corruption story”. How bad does this sound already? Well here are the top four reasons (quoted directly from Latino Review) on why this will probably suck:

  • “A lot of the shit in the middle is way boring.”
  • “Axel Foley has no funny lines”
  • “It’s like Brandt and Haas saw the first BHC and just didn’t have the energy to write anything that matched up to it.”
  • “It’s almost like the writers took an Arnold Schwarzenneger script they had lying around and changed the details to make it a Beverly Hills Cop movie. There’s no fun in it.”

Read the full review over on LatinoReview.

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