On the heels of the successful revival of the Indiana Jones franchise, Paramount has set in motion a fourth installment of Beverly Hills Cop, with Eddie Murphy on board to once again portray Axel Foley, reports Variety. Brett Ratner (Rush Hour, X-Men: The Last Stand) is in negotiations to direct.
Released in 1984, the original Beverly Hills Cop grossed $316 million worldwide and spawned two sequels. All told, the three movies grossed $712.9 million worldwide. The last was released in 1994. Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced the original Beverly Hills Cop trilogy with late partner Don Simpson, won’t be actively involved in the new film.
Murphy approached the studio about reviving the franchise that cemented his status as a B.O. mega-star. Paramount brass were eager to land another picture with Murphy after he finished the Karey Kirkpatrick-directed NowhereLand, which Paramount releases in June 2009.
Studio is aiming for a 2009 production start and a summer 2010 release.