Eddie Murphy is without question one of the biggest and most successful movie stars of the 1980’s and 90’s, starring in such films as Coming to America, 48 Hours and Trading Places. However, his most popular and recognisable role was that of wise-cracking police officer Axel Foley in Beverly Hills Cop, which went on to spawn two sequels. Cut to the year 2000, and Eddie Murphy suddenly became rubbish, starring in mainly awful movies, such as I Spy, Norbit and Daddy Day Care.
Luckily for Eddie, his voice kept him firmly in the Hollywood circle of trust, having starred in all 43 of the Shrek movies. Hollywood has now decided to revive his most famous character, with today’s announcement that there will be a fourth film in the Beverly Hills Cop series.
Initially penned to return as a TV series, and focussing on Eddie Murphy’s son (played by Brandon T. Jackson),the pilot attracted a lot of positive media attention, but wasn’t picked up by any of the TV networks. However, the attention was enough to convince Paramount that a fourth movie was worth investing in.
No director has been confirmed yet, but Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec will be in charge of writing the script, having previously penned Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, and the forthcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles remake. There is also no confirmed date to commence filming yet, but it won’t be before the costume department at Paramount has stocked up on super tight denim jeans and fresh white pumps. Axel Foley is back, along with one of the most recognisably annoying theme tunes ever.