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 »

Two comic book movies and two long-in-the-making comedy sequels make their appearance in today’s Sequel Bits. After the jump:

  • Ivan Reitman will return for Twins 2, says Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Dumb and Dumber 2 could get rolling by fall, says Bobby Farrelly
  • Check out pics and video of stunt performers on the Iron Man 3 set
  • Christopher Mintz-Plasse will probably murder a dog in Kick-Ass 2

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A pre-April Fools’ day story that wasn’t actually a joke contained the announcement that Universal is developing Triplets as a sequel to Ivan Reitman‘s 1988 film Twins. The original comedy starred Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger as genetically-engineered brothers who learn of one anothers existence when they’re both adults.

Triplets doesn’t have a director at this point, or even a screenwriter, and the cast isn’t yet signed. But the idea is for DeVito and Schwarzenegger to return, with Eddie Murphy stepping in as a third long-lost brother.

Danny DeVito has spoken in general terms about doing a Twins sequel in the past, and now we’ve got some enthusiastic quotes from Schwarzenegger. He seems wildly confident about the prospects for the film. Read More »

Rumors have flown for the past year of a possible sequel to Twins, the 1988 comedy in which Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger starred as genetically engineered but not quite identical brothers. And now that second film is really happening: Universal and Montecito Picture Co. are developing a film that will follow Twins. But Twins 2 isn’t quite going to cut it; this film will be called Triplets. And if things work out the way the companies want, Eddie Murphy will be the third brother. Read More »

Briefly: As McG’s This Means War quietly slinks back from its Valentine’s Day debut to its original Friday opening, another, far more acclaimed romance is boldly shifting up a few days to a midweek opening. Paramount has moved the 3D release of James Cameron‘s Titanic up from Friday, April 6 to Wednesday, April 4, giving it a headstart on the Easter weekend box office.

Also opening that week are American Reunion and The Cold Light of Day, both slated for Friday. The Titanic re-release comes just over a week before the 100th anniversary of the actual sinking of the RMS Titanic, which occurred on the night of April 14-15, 1912. Titanic sees Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio playing… oh, you know the rest.

The historical drama isn’t the only picture Paramount has moved around lately. Back in 2008, Eddie Murphy reunited with his Norbit and Meet Dave director Brian Robbins for A Thousand Words, a comedy about a man who falls under a curse that allows him just one thousand words to speak before he dies. The film was savaged in test screenings (shocking) and sat on the shelf for years before finally getting a release date of January 2012, and then March 23, and then April 20. So what’s one more change? A Thousand Words is now set for March 9, where it will face off against Andrew Stanton’s John Carter and the Elizabeth Olsen-starring horror Silent House.

Before the whole Eddie Murphy/Brett Ratner/Oscars thing started, we told you that the movie A Thousand Words, which shot with Murphy starring in 2008, was finally going to be released. Shelved for years and destroyed in test screening reviews, the movie was set for a January 2012 date, and then moved to March 23 2012, likely to capitalize on the public interest bump Paramount assumed Murphy would get from hosting the Oscars.

But the real mistake may not have been assuming the Oscar deal was going to work out, but rather making this movie in the first place.

Directed by Norbit and Meet Dave helmer Brian Robbins, A Thousand Words sees Eddie Murphy playing a lying jerk who is cursed and finds he has only a thousand words left to speak, after which he will die. What follows doesn’t look so much like a character-building re-evaluation of his life, but a lot of silly pantomiming and jokes that sullenly refuse to work. Check out a trailer below, if you think you’re strong enough. Read More »

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