Cue up Harold Faltermeyer's "Axel F," because "Beverly Hills Cop" is headed back to the big screen.
While plans to bring Eddie Murphy's beloved Axel Foley to the small screen have stalled, the pilot sparked enough interest that Paramount has jump-started work on a fourth feature film, reports Deadline. And in even better news, Murphy will return to the franchise for more banana-in-the-tailpipe exploits.
The series started in 1984, with the Martin Brest-directed original, which featured Eddie Murphy as Foley, a fast-talking Detroit cop who relocates to Beverly Hills to solve a crime. There, he's paired with Judge Reinhold's ultra-square cop and generally pisses everyone off. The character returned for a stylish blockbuster sequel, directed by Tony Scott, in 1987, and officially went off the rails with the goofy third installment, directed by John Landis and released in 1994.
In a recent interview, Landis told Moviefone that the third movie was made during a time when Murphy didn't want to be funny, he wanted to be considered along with Denzel Washington and Wesley Snipes as a big-time black action star. Clearly that didn't work out.
This fourth movie was spurred on by the pilot for the "Beverly Hills Cop" television series, which was intended to go to CBS this season, but for whatever reason didn't make it to series. Inspired by the buzz surrounding both the pilot (executive produced by Murphy and "The Shield" mastermind Shawn Ryan) and Murphy's brief walk-on as Axel Foley, the studio felt comfortable fast-tracking a new "Beverly Hills Cop" movie.
Plot specifics haven't been released, but the script -- to be written by "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" team Josh Appelbaum and Andrew Nemec -- should follow the hilarious fish-out-of-water formula of the previous films. Hopefully it will allow Murphy to let loose once again; those first two movies are absolutely stunning showcases for his raw comedic talent.
Also, can we start an online petition for the new movie to include Bronson Pinchot's Serge character?