Beverly Hills Cop(1)

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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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 »

Eddie Murphy tried for years to get a Beverly Hills Cop IV off the ground, but when that failed to come together he switched gears to focus instead on a TV series about Detroit cop Axel Foley’s son. It already seems like he’s having much better luck with the new approach. CBS gave a pilot production commitment to the series last month, beating out several other interested networks in order to do so.

Now development on Beverly Hills Cop the TV show continues to roll along smoothly as casting gets underway. The first role being filled is that of protagonist Aaron Foley, with Brandon T. Jackson reportedly close to landing the part. Read more after the jump.

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CBS has emerged victorious in the “very competitive” bidding war over Eddie Murphy and Shawn Ryan‘s small-screen Beverly Hills Cop reboot, giving a pilot production commitment to the Sony TV-produced project. Murphy and Ryan will executive produce, with Ryan also serving as showrunner. Murphy is set to reprise his role as wisecracking Detroit cop Axel Foley in the pilot, and may guest star on future episodes if the pilot goes to series.

As reported last week, the project will center around Axel Foley’s son Aaron. A blue-collar cop, he serves in ritzy Beverly Hills while trying to get out from under his dad’s reputation. More details after the jump.

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The film series that helped launch Eddie Murphy to superstardom is likely coming to TV and Murphy will be a big part of it. He and Shawn Ryan, the creator of the hit TV show The Shield, are currently pitching a rebooted version of Beverly Hills Cop to television stations.

Murphy hinted at this last year when he described the show as the story of Axel Foley’s son with Foley himself as the chief of police. Initial reports suggest that Murphy will indeed be reprising his role (on a limited basis) as the wise-cracking, letter jacket-wearing Detroit cop solving crimes in the whole new world of Beverly Hills, CA. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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