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.
Director Bryan Singer on the set of X2.
So depending on what you thought about X-Men: First Class – Matthew Vaughan’s 2011 reboot of the Marvel franchise – you’ll either greet the news that director Bryan Singer is returning to the series he helped launch with extreme excitement or muted disappointment.
After news surfaced that Vaughan would not be directing the sequel to First Class, Singer announced he will be directing the next X-Men film – Days of Future Past.
While Vaughan is credited with resurrecting the franchise after Brett Ratner’s poorly received X-Men: Last Stand and Gavin Hood’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, it is Singer’s original X-Men films that helped usher the superhero genre into the 2000s.
In case you forgot, Singer opted not to make X-Men 3 instead choosing to reboot the Man of Steel in 2006′s Superman Returns (that didn’t work out so good, though).
Singer, who had a story credit on First Class, will be adapting a Chris Claremont story arc from the comic book that deals with alternate realities.
Sounds positively Fringe-y.
First Class stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy are set to reprise their roles in the new film, which is going before cameras next year.
Days of Future Past is due out in July 2014.