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Eddie Murphy says he won't do Beverly Hills Cop 4 until the script improves

01.14.2015

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When we last reported on BEVERLY HILLS COP 4, the movie was said to be heading back to Detroit during the “warmest winter on record” in a script by Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec (MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL). The movie was also said to have a 2016 release date which seems more and more doubtful especially after the recent comments Eddie Murphy made about the projects progress.

At this point it’s still safe to say that sure Brett Ratner is still attached to direct, but in a rare (and notably ironic) turn of events, Eddie Murphy says he wants to get the script right and doesn’t care how much money they offer him or how much the movie can make, he won’t do it unless he likes that script.

Murphy said to Rolling Stone:

They’re still trying to get that script right. I’m not doing a Beverly Hills Cop unless they have a really incredible script. I’ve read a couple things that look like they can make some paper. But I’m not doing a shitty movie just to make some paper. The shit got to be right.

We don’t know what versions of BEVERLY HILLS COP 4, if any, have been handed in and passed on, but it would be interesting to hear what was too bad that Eddie Murphy said no. What a time to finally say “no” to a project based on its script, when it’s likely to give the actor a comeback of sorts. Will Murphy be able to tell the different between good shit and bad shit? I think a lot of us are hoping that he can, I’d love to see him reprise the role of Axel Foley, for old times’ sake.

Source: Rolling Stone

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10:54AM on 01/15/2015
I saw BHC 3 at the cinema...and I still maintain it's a fun movie - it has nothing on the 2 that came before that's for sure...but it was definitely enjoyable. Seen it on TV a couple of times since and that ferris wheel scene still holds up very well in terms of fun level.
I saw BHC 3 at the cinema...and I still maintain it's a fun movie - it has nothing on the 2 that came before that's for sure...but it was definitely enjoyable. Seen it on TV a couple of times since and that ferris wheel scene still holds up very well in terms of fun level.
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10:26AM on 01/15/2015

In other words...

No profanity whatsoever and more family friendly dialogue. Less Axel Foley and more Norbit.
No profanity whatsoever and more family friendly dialogue. Less Axel Foley and more Norbit.
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9:50AM on 01/15/2015
Funny that's the same thing he said when he did Pluto Nash
Funny that's the same thing he said when he did Pluto Nash
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8:39AM on 01/15/2015
I understand the concern some have and why they question the seemingly sudden emergence of integrity, but I honestly am glad he is taking this approach. Regardless of the reasoning, if he truly wants to make a great Beverly Hills Cop film and not just a quick and easy cash grab, he has my respect and I hope it'll pay off. I'm really rooting for him and hope the Eddie Murphy we all know, love and miss will reemerge.
I understand the concern some have and why they question the seemingly sudden emergence of integrity, but I honestly am glad he is taking this approach. Regardless of the reasoning, if he truly wants to make a great Beverly Hills Cop film and not just a quick and easy cash grab, he has my respect and I hope it'll pay off. I'm really rooting for him and hope the Eddie Murphy we all know, love and miss will reemerge.
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7:57AM on 01/15/2015
I can't even recall the last movie I enjoyed with Eddie Murphy in.
I can't even recall the last movie I enjoyed with Eddie Murphy in.
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12:04AM on 01/15/2015
Honestly... No one could've thought Beverly Hills Cop 3 would be that silly from the script and shooting. The worst moments of that movie came from direction and sound effects and editing and line deliveries etc. I bet it became a train wreck during the filming, but signing on it probably looked promising... Like Die Hard at Disneyland with Axel Foley. I still actually enjoy it ... It's silly, but had an amazing orchestral version of the main theme.
Honestly... No one could've thought Beverly Hills Cop 3 would be that silly from the script and shooting. The worst moments of that movie came from direction and sound effects and editing and line deliveries etc. I bet it became a train wreck during the filming, but signing on it probably looked promising... Like Die Hard at Disneyland with Axel Foley. I still actually enjoy it ... It's silly, but had an amazing orchestral version of the main theme.
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11:52PM on 01/14/2015
Glad to hear he actually cares about the franchise, and doesn't want a bad film to be made just so he can cash a check! I'd rather no movie than a crappy one!
Glad to hear he actually cares about the franchise, and doesn't want a bad film to be made just so he can cash a check! I'd rather no movie than a crappy one!
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11:41PM on 01/14/2015

Keep in mind that these comments

are coming from the man who co-wrote:
- NORBIT
- VAMPIRE IN BROOKLYN
- BOOMERANG

I would not trust Eddie Murphy's taste in scripts, based on those 3 movies alone.
are coming from the man who co-wrote:
- NORBIT
- VAMPIRE IN BROOKLYN
- BOOMERANG

I would not trust Eddie Murphy's taste in scripts, based on those 3 movies alone.
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11:54PM on 01/14/2015
haven't seen vampire in brooklyn in a long time, but I enjoyed norbit. Eddie Murphy as an old chinese man was pretty funny.
haven't seen vampire in brooklyn in a long time, but I enjoyed norbit. Eddie Murphy as an old chinese man was pretty funny.
12:00PM on 01/15/2015
When it comes to NORBIT, you're unfortunately in the minority. It has a 3.9/10 on IMDb, a 9% score on Rotten Tomatoes and 27% score on Metacritic.

VAMPIRE IN BROOKLYN has a 4.4/10 on IMDb, 10% on RT and 27% on Metacritic.

BOOMERANG fared slightly better, with 5.3 on IMDb and 40% on RT. That's still a lousy record for a scriptwriter.
When it comes to NORBIT, you're unfortunately in the minority. It has a 3.9/10 on IMDb, a 9% score on Rotten Tomatoes and 27% score on Metacritic.

VAMPIRE IN BROOKLYN has a 4.4/10 on IMDb, 10% on RT and 27% on Metacritic.

BOOMERANG fared slightly better, with 5.3 on IMDb and 40% on RT. That's still a lousy record for a scriptwriter.
11:09PM on 01/14/2015

About Damn Time

It's about damn time he started giving a damn about the script before agreeing to do a movie. Oh how I miss watching funny Eddie Murphy movies.
It's about damn time he started giving a damn about the script before agreeing to do a movie. Oh how I miss watching funny Eddie Murphy movies.
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10:27PM on 01/14/2015
Maybe he cares enough about Axel Foley that he'd rather make a great BHC sequel.
Maybe he cares enough about Axel Foley that he'd rather make a great BHC sequel.
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9:58PM on 01/14/2015

IMPROVES????

You serious Eddie, your in no fucking position to say IMPROVES after the countless shit films you were in. What did you say about those scripts ?
You serious Eddie, your in no fucking position to say IMPROVES after the countless shit films you were in. What did you say about those scripts ?
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9:36PM on 01/14/2015
Eddie Murphy is definitely not the type of actor to do movies just for some paper
Eddie Murphy is definitely not the type of actor to do movies just for some paper
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9:58PM on 01/14/2015
LMAOOOO
LMAOOOO
8:46PM on 01/14/2015

I believe him and I understand

The guy hasn't been in a movie since the 2012 release of A Thousand Words. He hasn't filmed a movie since around 2010, given that A Thousand Words and Imagine That were filmed in 2008 and Tower Heist in 2010. He's doing that indie "Cook" aka "Eddie Murphy's The Butler" and supposedly is in pre-production to play the titular "Miles Davis". Anyway, he's as aware as anybody about his poor career choices and it sounds like he's determined to leave that all behind and re-cement his legacy.
The guy hasn't been in a movie since the 2012 release of A Thousand Words. He hasn't filmed a movie since around 2010, given that A Thousand Words and Imagine That were filmed in 2008 and Tower Heist in 2010. He's doing that indie "Cook" aka "Eddie Murphy's The Butler" and supposedly is in pre-production to play the titular "Miles Davis". Anyway, he's as aware as anybody about his poor career choices and it sounds like he's determined to leave that all behind and re-cement his legacy.
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8:37PM on 01/14/2015
So, does that mean the script is actually good?
So, does that mean the script is actually good?
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8:36PM on 01/14/2015

But Iím not doing a shitty movie just to make some paper

Thousand Words
Tower Heist
Imagine That
Meet Dave
NORBIT
Haunted Mansion
Showtime
I Spy
Daddy Day Care
THE PJs
Nutty Professor 2
Holy Man
Life
Metro
Boomerang
Beverly Hills Cop 3
Thousand Words
Tower Heist
Imagine That
Meet Dave
NORBIT
Haunted Mansion
Showtime
I Spy
Daddy Day Care
THE PJs
Nutty Professor 2
Holy Man
Life
Metro
Boomerang
Beverly Hills Cop 3
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11:33PM on 01/14/2015
I agree with all of these except Life. Life was awesome and hilarious in my opinion.
I agree with all of these except Life. Life was awesome and hilarious in my opinion.
12:16AM on 01/15/2015
I actually enjoyed tower heist, haunted mansion, norbit, daddy daycare, metro. life is a great movie!
I actually enjoyed tower heist, haunted mansion, norbit, daddy daycare, metro. life is a great movie!
3:05AM on 01/15/2015
It really is sad seeing the list laid out like that, what a waste of comedic talent
It really is sad seeing the list laid out like that, what a waste of comedic talent
8:23PM on 01/14/2015

Get the fuck out!

Eddie Murphy cares about the quality of his movie scripts?

OK, in all seriousness, this is the closest I've been to being excited for a fourth movie since ever. Which is still not saying a lot.
Eddie Murphy cares about the quality of his movie scripts?

OK, in all seriousness, this is the closest I've been to being excited for a fourth movie since ever. Which is still not saying a lot.
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