To be frank, while I understand the studio’s interest in this 4th sequel (famed franchise with built-in audiences globally, which could translate to big box office), I wish the studio and/or Eddie Murphy would kill the project, and put the series to bed for good, and move on to something else entirely new.
But I wield no influence over Murphy or Paramount, so, ultimately, my wishes aren’t anyone’s command in this specific case.
Although, maybe today’s news may suggest otherwise…
Paramount has taken “Beverly Hills Cop 4” off its release schedule, according to The Wrap. BUT, it doesn’t mean that the project is dead. At least, not yet… wishful thinking, I know.
Plans for a "Beverly Hills Cop" TV series failed after CBS passed on the idea 2 years ago, despite word that the pilot tested so well that it caused Paramount to put another "Beverly Hills Cop" movie into development.
Yeah Eddie, neither do we! That said, I’m glad he recognizes the awfulness that was "Beverly Hills Cop 3," easily the worst film in the franchise – one that started out strong, but got successively worse, grossing over $735 million worldwide, with the first film nominated for a Best Original Screenplay Oscar in 1985. It was also Murphy’s first full-fledged starring vehicle.
You might remember that, in late 2012, Murphy had pretty much buried the idea of a 4th movie, when he told Rolling Stone magazine in an interview that: "… none of the movie scripts were right; it was trying to force the premise. If you have to force something, you shouldn’t be doing it. It was always a rehash of the old thing. It was always wrong."
In that same conversation, Eddie did add that, he was more interested in adapting the movie to TV, as a drama series – a series that’s no longer. In the Playboy interview, he had this to say about that: "I was gonna be in the pilot, and they thought I should be recurring. I’m not gonna do ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ on TV. I remember when they tested it – they had this little knob that you turn if you like it or you don’t like it. So when Axel shows up in the pilot, some people turned the knob so much, they broke it. So the network decided “if he isn’t recurring, then this isn’t gonna happen.”
I love getting the behind-the-scenes stories on these failed projects. All we knew about it when it was announced that CBS had passed on it, was just that the network had decided not to pick it up as a full series. So now we know what really derailed it.
When asked whether the pilot that was audience-tested ever aired, Murphy said: "I don’t know. I just remember seeing it in the editing room. I remember this executive, when we were doing some promo stuff; he came in and said “Hey, can you do ‘the laugh’ [mimicks his own laugh] and then say ‘I’m back?’” I said, “That’s a horrible idea. They’ll think I’ve lost my mind! Eddie Murphy done gone crazy. He’s done that stupid laugh again and said he’s back.”"
Hilarious! He’s right! That would’ve been really tacky – a bad idea that I’m glad Eddie realized as well.
The pilot never did air, as far as I know anyway. But I hope CBS puts it online some day, so that the rest of us can take a look at what could’ve been.
Assuming "Beverly Hills Cop 4" does eventually go into production, after Eddie is pleased with the script, and Paramount puts it back on its schedule, it will be directed by Brett Ratner, who last directed Eddie in 2011’s "Tower Heist."