The fourth sequel of the iconic '80s film has been nearly 20 years in the making and is finally coming to fruition.
Beverly Hills Cop is an iconic comedy series from the '80s starring Eddie Murphy that is still going strong. Murphy plays Axel Foley, a street-smart Detroit cop who goes to Beverly Hills, California, to investigate a crime, even though it is out of his jurisdiction. There, he teams up with two Beverly Hills detectives, Billy Rosewood (Judge Reinhold) and John Taggart (John Ashton), as he tries to catch killers he suspects are working in an art dealership.
The first movie was followed by two sequels in 1987 and 1994. A fourth sequel was announced for release in the '90s and then again in the 2000s before being shelved. We did get a TV series, meanwhile. The fourth sequel, however, seems to have finally been resurrected, and here's everything you need to know about it.
Murphy had stated in the past that a major reason for the fourth installment not coming to fruition in nearly two decades was due to issues with the script. "None of the movie scripts were right; it was trying to force the premise," he had said at the time. "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." Last year, a screenwriter was hired to work on the film. It has been noted by Screenrant that Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec (Mission Impossible 4, Aquaman) have been assigned to write the script. The pandemic further delayed the progress of the film.
Not much is known in terms of the details of what the much-awaited fourth Beverly Hills Cop film will be about. Each installment had a different storyline, and the fourth story will also be a unique take featuring Axel Foley. One thing is for sure, the film will be action-packed, thanks to Applebaum and Nemec's involvement.
Beverly Hills Cop is nothing without Murphy who is sure to reprise his role as Axel. But we may not be seeing Reinhold as Billy and Ashton as Taggart, who had already retired in the third installment. The makers of the film were hoping to cast Tom Hardy and Channing Tatum in supporting roles, probably in Billy and Taggart's stead. In particular, the film's appointed directors, Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah were keen on signing Hardy and Tatum according to Movieweb. It is unclear if they actually approached the actors to offer them the roles.
The film has been in the making for more than 20 years. With the script finally taking shape and the film starting production this year in California, we can expect the fourth film to drop in by late 2022 or 2023.
The film was sold by Paramount Pictures to Netflix in 2019 and it will be available on the streaming site.