“Beverly Hills Cop 4,” Eddie Murphy’s reboot of the his 1980s movie franchise, has been pushed back from its original 2016 schedule because the film still remains in development. The biggest problem seems to be the script.
The movie returns Murphy’s wisecracking detective character Alex Foley to his roots in Detroit. Some have suggested the delay is a good thing because it avoids a head-on clash with the hotly anticipated “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” next year, according to The Wrap.
Murphy complained about the “Beverly Hills Cop 4” script during an interview with Rolling Stone magazine in January, and said his continued association with the project hinges on quality of the screenplay.
“They still trying to get that script right,” Murphy told Rolling Stone. “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 sh**** movie just to make some paper. The sh** got to be right. I just finished doing a movie called ‘Cook,’ with Bruce Beresford. He directed ‘Driving Miss Daisy.’ It’s not a comedy, though. It’s a drama.”
The Wrap reported that Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec are currently listed as the movie’s writers. Applebaum and Nemec had teamed up for movies like last year’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol” in 2011.
Jerry Bruckheimer returns as the producer of the movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The publication said that the first three installments of “Beverly Hills Cop,” released in 1984, 1987 and 1994, made $735.5 million at the box office globally.
Show runners are hoping that “Beverly Hills Cop” finds the magic of the original that showcased Murphy in his first major motion picture after becoming a star on “Saturday Night Live.” The first “Beverly Hills Cop” was the top grossing movie of 1984, according to Box Office Mojo.com.
The Wrap reported that Paramount has moved “Monster Truck” from its Christmas rotation to March 18, 2016 to essential fill the spot of “Beverly Hills Cop 4.”
By Clyde Hughes