Fan of Eddie Murphy’s Beverly Hills Cop films are in for a treat. After months of rumors, it’s official: Eddie Murphy is bringing his legendary Axel Foley character to TV. According to the Daily Mail, CBS has ordered a pilot of a television version of Beverly Hills Cop.
The show is said to revolve around the adventures of Axel Foley’s son, Aaron Foley, “who has followed in his father’s footsteps into through [sic] police force, though choosing to work in the fancy 90210 area instead of his father’s old beat in Detroit.”
Though Murphy will not be the main character of the series, he will be appearing in the pilot and “could become a regular on the show if the pilot makes the grade,” the Daily Mail reports.
During an interview with Rolling Stone last year, Murphy said he was trying to produce a television series that would star “Axel Foley’s son and Axel is the chief of police now in Detroit.”
“I’d do the pilot, show up here and there. None of the movie scripts [for a third sequel] were right; it was trying to force this premise. 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,” the Tower Heist star revealed.
Saturday Night Live featured player Jay Pharoah, who has played Eddie Murphy in several SNL sketches, is rumored to be an early favorite for the role of Aaron, though no official casting choice has been made yet.
Shaun Ryan, who created FX’s The Shield, will serve as the showrunner and Eddie Murphy will act as executive producer for the pilot.
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