This past Sunday, after I watched in disgust as the Giants blew a 21-point lead, I searched for a film on cable to ease the pain. Though I had already watched it over a hundred times, Beverly Hills Cop II seemed like the right fit for the mood I was in. I picked it up about 25 minutes into the film, as Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) was attempting to sneak into the gun club by convincing the receptionist he was carrying some sort of nuclear explosives that would detonate if their voices rose above a whisper. I love that scene. I love this movie. Some of Murphy's greatest improv is found in Beverly Hills Cop and Beverly Hills Cop II -- however, the franchise took a high-dive into an empty pool when it attempted to re-visit Foley's antics in Beverly Hills Cop III.
While Murphy has always been attached to star in a fourth installment, after the third one bombed -- $44 million at the box office, whereas the first two grossed $234 million and $153 million (domestically) -- folks were a wee bit weary. However, Paramount now wants to bring back The Foley, and are currently out to writers -- Beverly Hills Cop IV is officially a go. Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Constantine, Transformers) will come on as producer, with Murphy heavily involved in all the decision making. Personally (and Axel Foley is one of my favorite characters of all time, so this certainly hits home pretty damn hard), I'm game for another sequel -- I just wish Jerry Bruckheimer was involved. His participation was critical during the first two films and, after bailing on the third, it definitely showed.
What do you think about reviving the character and making a fourth film? If they could do it with Die Hard, why not Beverly Hills Cop, right?