Eddie Murphy Says Beverly Hills Cop 4 a Bust; Could Become a TV Show
10.27.11 by Ryan
The first two Beverly Hills Cop movies helped set up a successful franchise, one that 1994's Beverly Hills Cop III basically ruined. Like many fans, we've been holding out hope for Beverly Hills Cop IV, which has had Eddie Murphy attached to star and director Brett Ratner (the Rush Hour trilogy) set to helm the sequel since 2008.
But how long to hope? Especially with Ratner and Murphy pairing up for next week's Tower Heist instead? In an interview with Rolling Stone, Murphy revealed that another movie sequel isn't happening. "They're not doing it," Murphy told the magazine... But that doesn't mean it's the end for Detroit detective Axel Foley.
What I'm trying to do now is produce a TV show starring Axel Foley's son, and Axel is the chief of police now in Detroit. I'd do the pilot, show up here and there. None of the movie scripts were right; it was trying to force the premise. If you have to force something, you shouldn't be doing it. It was always a rehash of the old thing. It was always wrong.
What came as a surprising news — but possibly not diappointing news for Murphy fans after
the box office bombs of 2009's Imagine That or 2008's Meet Dave — is that Murphy says he's moving away from family-friendly comedies.
I don't have any interest in that right now. There's really no blueprint, but I'm trying to do some edgy stuff. And I only want to do what I really want to do, otherwise I'm content to sit here and play my guitar all day. I always tell people now that I'm a semi-retired gentleman of leisure, and occasionally I'll go do some work to break the boredom up.
Part of that "work" is Tower Heist, which opens on Nov. 4th, and then hosting the Oscars early next year. Murphy says his desire to host the Academy Awards was born out of losing an Oscar after being nominated for 2006's Dreamgirls. "I didn't have sour grapes at all. That's another reason I wanted to host the show — to show them that I'm down with it."