Eddie Murphy will be back once again as Detroit cop Axel Foley in Beverly Hills Cop 4.
Paramount has announced that the fourth instalment of Murphy’s popular franchise will bow March 25, 2016 – 22 years after Beverly Hills Cop 3 and an astounding 32 years after the first film.
The sequel will be written by Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol scribes Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec. Brett Ratner (the Rush Hour films) will direct.
Interestingly, last year it appeared that the franchise was headed to TV as a show that would have focused on Foley’s son, with Murphy’s character showing up in a recurring role. CBS passed on the pilot, but Paramount was inspired enough to proceed with a fourth film.
The new instalment will return Foley to his Motown roots. “We’re going to take Eddie [Murphy] back to Detroit,” producer Jerry Bruckheimer told The Hollywood Reporter. “He’s going to be in Beverly Hills … so we’re going to have some fun with him.”
The first three films hit theatres in 1984, 1987 and 1994 and grossed over $735-million worldwide. Murphy was mostly recently seen onscreen in 2012′s A Thousand Words.