Thursday, May 29, 2008

Eddie Murphy back in 'Beverly Hills'

From variety, On the heels of the successful revival of the "Indiana Jones" franchise, Paramount has set in motion a fourth installment of "Beverly Hills Cop."
Eddie Murphy is attached to reprise his role as Detroit detective Axel Foley, and Brett Ratner is negotiating to direct.

Studio is aiming for a 2009 production start and a summer 2010 release.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura will produce. Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced the original "Beverly Hills Cop" trilogy with late partner Don Simpson, won't be actively involved in the new film.

Murphy approached the studio about reviving the franchise that cemented his status as a B.O. mega-star. Par brass were eager to land another picture with Murphy after he finished the Karey Kirkpatrick-directed "NowhereLand," which Paramount releases in June 2009.

That film was also produced by Di Bonaventura, who is working on the summer 2009 releases "G.I. Joe" and "Transformers 2."

The studio canvassed a number of directors before choosing Ratner. A writer will be hired shortly.

Released in 1984, the original "Beverly Hills Cop" grossed $316 million worldwide and spawned two sequels. All told, the three pics grossed $712.9 million worldwide. The last was released in 1994.

Murphy is currently toplining the Brian Robbins-directed "A Thousand Words" for DreamWorks.


Johnny Sweatpants said...

"You're not gonna fall for the bananna in the tailpipe?"

JPX said...

He certainly causes costly car repairs with that gag for the sake of a cheap laugh.

Johnny Sweatpants said...

Cheap laugh? I've been laughing at that imitation for decades! That might very well be the funniest black-guy-imitating-white-guy in the history of cinema! (But I admit I can't think of any other nominees aside from the *shudder* Wayans brothers in White Girls.)

Octopunk said...

Oddly enough, the "take these bananas" guy in BHC is Damon Wayans! It's his first movie.

I watched the end of BHC 3 the other day because it was on cable and I'd never seen it before. It pretty much sucked.