Affleck Damon Sleeper

Ben Affleck isn’t only bringing Batman to the big screen over at Warner Bros., he’s teaming up with his old pal to produce a lesser known DC Comic, too. Affleck and Matt Damon will produce an adaptation of the Ed Brubaker Vertigo comic Sleeper for the studio. Sleeper follows a man with the ability to absorb and pass along pain as he goes undercover in the world of organized crime.

Tom Cruise and Sam Raimi were circling the project back in 2008 but this current iteration will be adapted by writers Shawn Ryan (The Shield) and David Wiener (Last Resort). 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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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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Joss Whedon has already admitted that a Firefly Kickstarter campaign isn’t likely to take flight anytime soon, but some of his colleagues sound a little more eager to take advantage of the new studio / crowdfunding hybrid model introduced by Veronica Mars.

Bryan Fuller, of Pushing Daisies fame, has already reached out to Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas to find out “how this thing works,” while TerriersShawn Ryan and Men of a Certain Age‘s Mike Royce have voiced their interest in the topic on Twitter. And since Thomas says Warner Bros. views his film as a “test case” for the new model, there’s reason to believe Ryan, Royce, and Fuller may actually be able to revive their beloved series if Veronica Mars proves a success. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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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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Each fall’s crop of freshman shows contains a few bona fide hits, and judging by the buzz surrounding it, ABC’s Last Resort may be one of this year’s. Created by Shawn Ryan (The Shield, The Chicago Code), the naval drama has earned high compliments for its attention-grabbing premise, snappy pacing, and interesting characters. The familiar cast helps as well: Andre Braugher, Scott Speedman, Robert Patrick, and Autumn Reeser are all among the leads. And thanks to the network’s decision to post the pilot episode online weeks before its late September premiere, you can check it out for yourself right now.

Or, if you’re looking for something a little more familiar, the first twenty minutes of Homeland‘s second season have gone up as well. Don’t worry if your memory of the last season is a bit rusty — the sneak peek kicks off with a three-minute recap of the story so far. Hit the jump to watch the full first episode of Last Resort and get a taste of Homeland.

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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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