Netflix is back in the Eddie Murphy business once again, and this time, he’s taking Axel Foley with him!
According to Deadline, Paramount has made a one-time licensing deal, with the option for a sequel, that will allow Eddie Murphy, along with producer Jerry Bruckheimer, to make a fourth Beverly Hills Cop film at Netflix, the first in 25 years. From the sounds of it, this could be a joint production between Paramount and Netflix.
This is a film that has been in the works for quite a while, starting in the mid-90’s. The film was stalled and reannounced multiple times over the years. In 2011, Murphy claimed in an interview “They’re not doing it. 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.” That series, however, was never picked up.
In 2015, we got close, after a long history of stop-starts, but again, the film was pulled from Paramount’s schedule over “script concerns”. It picked up steam again in 2017, with talk of potentially have Channing Tatum or Tom Hardy star alongside Murphy.
This year, though, while promoting Dolemite is my Name, which was also released by the streaming giant, Murphy told Collider that it is finally coming as soon as he finishes Coming 2 America, and talked about feeling like this was the perfect bookend.
Further details are still yet to be announced, but given how much Eddie Murphy has been doing this year, we feel confident that this time it’s for real!