Brace yourselves Eddie Murphy fans; Beverly Hills Cop is hitting small screens nearest to you. Rumor has it that Murphy plans to turn his popular film franchise into a television series after plans to make a fourth big screen installment of the action comedy series fell through.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the reboot is being developed by The Shield creator Shawn Ryan, and Murphy, who was also a producer on all three Beverly Hills Cop films, is slated to produce the series and play a small role as his iconic Axel Foley character on the show as well.
In an October 2011 interview with the Rolling Stone, 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,” he said.
When reports surfaced that Murphy wanted popular comedian Kevin Hart to take on the lead role, the Think Like a Man star posted a message on Facebook in reference to being involved in the project.
“Thanks to my fans I just found out Eddie Murphy said he wants me to play Axel Foley on his new TV show Beverly Hills Cop…I’m flattered and speechless right now…Thank y’all for passing the message to me,” Hart said.
Let us know what you think. Would you tune in for a TV version of Beverly Hills Cop. And who should carry on the torch as Axel Foley, Jr.?