Eddie Murphy’s plan to bring Beverly Hills Cop to television is moving closer to reality, according to New York magazine’s Vulture blog.
Murphy said last year in an interview with Rolling Stone that he hoped to see the action comedy trilogy transfer to the small screen, now The Shield creator Shawn Ryan has joined the project and is in the process of a making a deal that would see the show produced by Sony Pictures Television, the Hollywood studio’s TV arm.
Murphy would oversee the series as executive producer but does not intend to take the starring role – that of street-smart Axel Foley, the unorthodox Detroit detective who travels to Los Angeles to investigate the death of a childhood friend in the 1984 series opener, which was directed by Martin Brest. In the proposed TV show, Foley is now a senior policeman in his home city and will appear only occasionally. His son will be the central character.
“What I’m trying to do with Beverly Hills Cop now is produce a TV show starring Axel Foley’s son, and Axel is the chief of police in Detroit,” Murphy, 51, told Rolling Stone last year. “I’d do the pilot, show up here and there.”
Vulture says the show is being pitched as an hour-long police procedural with strong comic elements. There’s no word yet on whether series regular Judge Reinhold, last seen on the big screen in 2009 straight-to-video effort Dr Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts, will also be cameoing as mild-mannered LA detective William “Billy” Rosewood, or whether the famous Harold Faltermeyer Axel F theme will once again be heard ringing through Rodeo Drive.
Murphy starred in three Beverly Hills Cop films between 1984 and 1994, with Tony Scott and John Landis following Brest in the director’s chair. To date, the films have made more than m at the global box office. A fourth movie was reportedly in development in 2008 but came off the rails somewhat after proposed director Brett Ratner suggested it would eschew the original films’ edgy style for a more kid-orientated approach.
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