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Before "The Lone Ranger" belly-flopped at the box office this summer, super-producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who has overseen everything from "Flashdance" to "The Rock," had made a pretty solid home for himself at Walt Disney Studios, where he produced the "National Treasure" films, the "Pirates of the Caribbean" films, and less successful one-offs like "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," and "G-Force." But with his footing at Disney now seemingly shaky ("Pirates 5" just lost its summer 2015 slot), Bruckheimer is reportedly revisiting some of his older franchises -- which may mean he'll take on "Beverly Hills Cop 4" for Paramount.
Bruckheimer and former producing partner Don Simpson (who passed away from a drug overdose in 1996, a year after Bruckheimer terminated their partnership) produced the first two installments in the "Beverly Hills Cop" franchise, starring Eddie Murphy as streetwise cop Axel Foley. The duo stepped away from the franchise for the third movie, which was probably a good idea considering it ended up being a huge failure both critically and commercially.
Ever since plans for a "Beverly Hills Cop" TV spin-off fizzled over at CBS earlier this year, despite generating considerable buzz, a fourth movie has been in the works, with Murphy set to return as Foley. The studio enlisted the "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" duo of Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec to write the script, and now sources for Variety claim Bruckheimer is in talks to return to the franchise as a producer.
Meanwhile, according to the same report, Bruckheimer is also in active development on "Top Gun 2," which was being worked on at the time of Tony Scott's tragic suicide last year. Scott directed the first "Top Gun" (and the second "Beverly Hills Cop") and had begun location-scouting for the long-gestating sequel, based on a script by Christopher McQuarrie. (When we talked to Bruckheimer earlier this year, he said McQuarrie was off the sequel so that he could focus on directing "Mission: Impossible 5.")
Bruckheimer is apparently also developing a script for "Bad Boys 3," which, at this point in their careers, Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, and Bruckheimer could probably use.
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