Eddie Murphy Will Go Serious Again With ‘Cook’

Eddie Murphy in A Thousand Words

In 2007, Eddie Murphy earned an Oscar nomination for his dramatic turn in Dreamgirls. In the years since then, he’s spent his time getting terrible reviews (Meet Dave, A Thousand Words), voicing a donkey (Shrek the Third, Shrek Forever After), or planning sequels to old hits (Beverly Hills Cop 4, Triplets). But now it looks like he’s ready to get serious again.

Murphy is reportedly on board for Cook, directed by Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy). He’s stepping in for Samuel L. Jackson, who was previously attached to star. Hit the jump for more on Eddie Murphy Cook role.

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Briefly: Axel Foley is officially back. Paramount has set a March 25, 2016 release date for a new Beverly Hills Cop film, directed by Brett Ratner and starring Eddie Murphy. Little is known about the film except Jerry Bruckheimer is producing and Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec (Mission: Impossible – Ghost ProtocolTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) wrote the latest version of the script. [ERC Box Office]

Also, on the same day, Warner Bros. will open the 3D disaster film Geostorm, written and directed by Dean Devlin, starring Gerard Butler. [Deadline]

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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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Briefly: Hollywood is the sort of place where a TV series that fails before it even hits the air can lead to a new movie. Paramount spent years developing a fourth Beverly Hills Cop movie — the series starring Eddie Murphy last hit screens with a third film in 1994 — but that effort eventually stalled out. A TV pilot came into being instead, starring Brandon T. Jackson as the son of Murphy’s title character, with Murphy playing a small supporting role.

Last week, we heard that series wouldn’t go forward. CBS, which ordered the show’s pilot, decided not to pick it up, and efforts to shop it to another network failed. But Paramount liked both the interest in the pilot and the scenes Murphy shot for it. So now a film isn’t just back in development but, according to Deadline, Paramount is “moving fast” with Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) scripting. At this point it sounds like Murphy would again star; no word if any ideas from the pilot will be incorporated into the movie, or if Jackson will have a role.

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For going on 40 years, the phrase “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” has been a cornerstone of American pop culture. The phrase announces every single episode of the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, which has been the breeding ground for such legendary comedians and actors as Jim Belushi, Chevy Chase, Eddie Murphy, Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell and so many others.

Week after week, some of the funniest people in the world create a live comedy show and broadcast it to millions. It’s a hit-or-miss effort that has produced incredible highs, disappointing lows and everything in between. After almost 40 years though, the show has been so consistently influential, we tend to take its existence for granted.

When you think back on all the good memories it’s hard not to get nostalgic. Wayne’s World. The Land Shark. Coneheads. Celebrity Jeopardy. Stefon. The list goes on and on, which is why Gallery 1988 West, the newest location of Los Angeles’ landmark pop culture art gallery, chose SNL as the subject of its latest exhibit.

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Eddie Murphy tried for years to get a fourth Beverly Hills Cop movie off the ground, but it wasn’t until he reworked it for the small screen that the project really started to gain traction. Shawn Ryan came aboard to produce, CBS greenlit the pilot, Brandon T. Jackson was cast as Axel Foley’s son Aaron, Barry Sonnenfeld was hired to direct, and now cameras are actually rolling on the So Cal set.

Set in the present day, the new series sees Aaron trying to come out from under the shadow of his famous father as a blue-collar cop working in ritzy Beverly Hills. Murphy won’t be a regular on the show, but he reprises his role of Axel for the pilot and may return in future episodes if the show moves forward. Check out the first photos of Murphy and Jackson as father and son after the jump.

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Director Alex Zamm (Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2, the upcoming Little Rascals) was once set to make a live-action/CG hybrid Marvin the Martian movie, and in the past year was announced as the director for a similar hybrid revival of Hong Kong Phooey, with Eddie Murphy set to voice the kung-fu practicing dog of the title. The dog is accidentally and magically given the power to walk and talk, and is trained in kung fu. Naturally, he fights crime, with a cat — Spot — as his sidekick.

Marvin didn’t work out, and we don’t know exactly what the status of Hong Kong Phooey is, but Zamm has posted test footage for both movies, which you can see below. Read More »

Eddie Murphy and the powers that be decided against going the big-screen route for a new Beverly Hills Cop outing, and instead have chosen to take the character to TV. But this won’t merely be Murphy’s return to television; rather, we’ll see a sorta-sequel, sorta-reboot of the character, with the son of Muphy’s character Axel Foley getting into his own crime-fighting shenanigans.

Now, as we previously suspected, Brandon T. Jackson of Tropic Thunder (and of Lottery Ticket, Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, and Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief) looks like he’s got the nod to play the younger Foley. Read More »

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