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Eddie Murphy wants to do a Beverly Hills Cop TV show

Oct. 26, 2011by:

This past weekend, I got to speak with Eddie Murphy at the press day for TOWER HEIST. For a guy who's done plenty of interviews over the years, there are few celebrities left I'd get nervous or excited about. Eddie Murphy was definitely one of those guys. We had a pretty interesting chat where we talk about "Saturday Night Live," the Oscars, his return to stand-up and more but we'll get into that next week when the video goes live.

What we didn't have time to talk was the once-proposed fourth BEVERLY HILLS COP film (which, interestingly enough, TOWER HEIST's Brett Ratner was attached to direct) but Murphy did talk about COP 4 with Rolling Stone and revealed the film is dead. "They're not doing it," he says explaining, "None of the movie scripts were right; it was trying to force the premise." But that doesn't mean the franchise is dead.

Murphy has plans to keep Axel Foley and the BEVERLY HILLS COP franchise alive through a TV show. Explains the actor, "What I'm trying to do now is produce a TV show starring Axel Foley's son, and Axel is the chief of police now in Detroit. I'd do the pilot, show up here and there."

Huh. This is not Murphy's first attempt at producing a TV series that he would occasionally appear in. In the mid-80s he produced a pilot called "What's Alan Watching?" about a teenage couch potato (a pre-"Parker Lewis Can't Lose" Corin Nemec) who watches TV. The idea was that Murphy would show up as a variety of character on the fictitious shows on Alan's TV. (The show wasn't picked up.)

I'm not sure the idea of a BEVERLY HILLS COP TV series isn't "forcing the premise" as Murphy describes the attempts to make a new movie. It almost seems like forcing it even more. What do you think? Should Eddie just let the franchise die?

Source: Rolling Stone

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11:19AM on 10/27/2011
according to Kevin Harts Facebook page, Eddie wants him to be Axel as the lead.
according to Kevin Harts Facebook page, Eddie wants him to be Axel as the lead.
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11:01AM on 10/27/2011

A sequel please.

A T.V show IMO would destroy the entire premise of the what the franchise was about. Eddie needs a good send off for his the character he made famous regardless of who directs (though I really wish 'reboot-genius' Martin Campbell could this) or whether PG13, I want Beverly Hill Cop the sequel, PERIOD.
A T.V show IMO would destroy the entire premise of the what the franchise was about. Eddie needs a good send off for his the character he made famous regardless of who directs (though I really wish 'reboot-genius' Martin Campbell could this) or whether PG13, I want Beverly Hill Cop the sequel, PERIOD.
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12:43AM on 10/27/2011

didnt they

try resurrecting Knight Rider the EXACT SAME WAY? and look how that fiasco turned out!!!
try resurrecting Knight Rider the EXACT SAME WAY? and look how that fiasco turned out!!!
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12:02AM on 10/27/2011
What's people trying to make TV shows out of movies these days. It's either this or "ZOMG! LET'S REBOOT THIS SHIIEETTT FOR DA KIDS!!!". Just give us a fucking sequel!
What's people trying to make TV shows out of movies these days. It's either this or "ZOMG! LET'S REBOOT THIS SHIIEETTT FOR DA KIDS!!!". Just give us a fucking sequel!
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5:30PM on 10/26/2011
The BHC movies already had one of the greatest movie police chiefs ever; "Don't THINK Axel! Makes my dick itch!".
The BHC movies already had one of the greatest movie police chiefs ever; "Don't THINK Axel! Makes my dick itch!".
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4:20PM on 10/26/2011

Original casting

Maybe Mickey Rourke should take this one!
Maybe Mickey Rourke should take this one!
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7:13PM on 10/26/2011
or Stallone
or Stallone
12:44AM on 10/27/2011
or Samuel L Jackson???
or Samuel L Jackson???
4:00PM on 10/26/2011

here's a great fucking idea...

How about he gives up on acting all together :) that will be better for all of us. Unless he pulls off a movie that will revive his career, but that is highly unlikely, shame he used to be awesome and really funny.
How about he gives up on acting all together :) that will be better for all of us. Unless he pulls off a movie that will revive his career, but that is highly unlikely, shame he used to be awesome and really funny.
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3:49PM on 10/26/2011

Bring back Reinhold!

If he lands it with HBO or another swear-friendly network, it could be a taste of the Eddie of yore! Plus with how much more fucked up Detroit is now compared to when the movies were shot, I love the idea of having that city as a regulare setting to juxtapose against LA. What about reversing the fish out of water, having his son be a soft LA fuck-up that has to track a case to Detroit? Better yet. Why not have Judge Reinhold's son be that character?
If he lands it with HBO or another swear-friendly network, it could be a taste of the Eddie of yore! Plus with how much more fucked up Detroit is now compared to when the movies were shot, I love the idea of having that city as a regulare setting to juxtapose against LA. What about reversing the fish out of water, having his son be a soft LA fuck-up that has to track a case to Detroit? Better yet. Why not have Judge Reinhold's son be that character?
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1:52PM on 10/26/2011
the restrictions of tv pull away everything good about foley...the VULGARITY just like the pg-13 part 3 did (let alone a shitty script and plot). no thanx.
the restrictions of tv pull away everything good about foley...the VULGARITY just like the pg-13 part 3 did (let alone a shitty script and plot). no thanx.
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5:58PM on 10/26/2011
BHC3 was not rated PG-13. That is all.
BHC3 was not rated PG-13. That is all.
6:55PM on 10/26/2011
ya can put this show on FX or even AMC which allow for less restriction.
ya can put this show on FX or even AMC which allow for less restriction.
1:41PM on 10/26/2011
Eddie's doing waaaaay too much coke. Move on
Eddie's doing waaaaay too much coke. Move on
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1:38PM on 10/26/2011
Granted this a movie news site, so nothing has actually been seen, but I always like how mad and judgmental people can get before there is even a finished product. This show could be terrible or it could be awesome or most likely it won't be anythign at all, but either way I'll reserve judgment until I see it, because eddie murphy still has talent
Granted this a movie news site, so nothing has actually been seen, but I always like how mad and judgmental people can get before there is even a finished product. This show could be terrible or it could be awesome or most likely it won't be anythign at all, but either way I'll reserve judgment until I see it, because eddie murphy still has talent
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1:19PM on 10/26/2011

poochie

that sounds fucking awful, who gives a fuck about Axel Foley's madcap son and his crazy wise-cracking adventures as a fish-out-of-water in Beverley Hills re-enacting the same hijinks his father encountered? Not me. A fourth movie would be better than this idea, even with Brett Ratner at the controls.
that sounds fucking awful, who gives a fuck about Axel Foley's madcap son and his crazy wise-cracking adventures as a fish-out-of-water in Beverley Hills re-enacting the same hijinks his father encountered? Not me. A fourth movie would be better than this idea, even with Brett Ratner at the controls.
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1:15PM on 10/26/2011
Axel Jr.? Please no. Just have the show be about Axel as chief of police. Cheif Foley. I'd at least check out the pilot.
But Axel Jr, James Bond Jr., Sherlock Holmes Jr., and Agent Cody Banks, can go to hell.
Axel Jr.? Please no. Just have the show be about Axel as chief of police. Cheif Foley. I'd at least check out the pilot.
But Axel Jr, James Bond Jr., Sherlock Holmes Jr., and Agent Cody Banks, can go to hell.
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4:26PM on 10/26/2011
You forgot Indy Jr. FUCK HIM, the movie, and the motorcycle he rode in on!
You forgot Indy Jr. FUCK HIM, the movie, and the motorcycle he rode in on!
1:13PM on 10/26/2011
i doubt it had anything to do with pushing a premise. it was more likely eddies diminishing returns at the box office. BH4 is guaranteed money but with less so with the current eddie murphy & ego director like ratner probably made it less than prized gamble.
i doubt it had anything to do with pushing a premise. it was more likely eddies diminishing returns at the box office. BH4 is guaranteed money but with less so with the current eddie murphy & ego director like ratner probably made it less than prized gamble.
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12:42PM on 10/26/2011
It'd probably be another CSI-type shows.
It'd probably be another CSI-type shows.
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10:34AM on 10/26/2011
"They're not doing it," he says explaining, "None of the movie scripts were right; it was trying to force the premise."

Since when does Hollywood care about such things? Now a days.
"They're not doing it," he says explaining, "None of the movie scripts were right; it was trying to force the premise."

Since when does Hollywood care about such things? Now a days.
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10:29AM on 10/26/2011

Meh

To be honest, I don't hate the idea. But I'd rather have BHC4.

And let me guess everybody, Donald Glover for Axel Jr?
To be honest, I don't hate the idea. But I'd rather have BHC4.

And let me guess everybody, Donald Glover for Axel Jr?
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