Well surprise, surprise… after the success of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Paramount has realized that nostalgia equals big money and they are officially resurrecting another classic franchise from their vaults: Beverly Hills Cop! That’s right, Eddie Murphy is in talks to reprise his role as Axel Foley for the first time in 14 years. Brett Ratner is in negotations to direct. The movie will head into production in 2009, with an eye towards making it a tentpole release for summer 2010.
I’m not sure how I feel about this whole thing. Some of these old franchises died off because the movies were just going downhill in quality. Case in point: I don’t remember much about Beverly Hills Cop 3, but I’m pretty sure it bombed. Something tells me this could really turn out to be an embarrassment. Still, if there’s one person who needs this movie to help revitalize their career, it’s Eddie Murphy. The guy has been churning out a stream of crap lately that is nearly unparalleled. As for Brett Ratner possibly directing, people better cut him some slack this time around. The Rush Hour movies are his bread and butter, and that skill set should transfer perfectly to Beverly Hills Cop. I will admit it would have been nice to get someone like Tony Scott on board though (he directed part 2). What do you think… is Beverly Hills Cop 4 a good idea, or is Paramount just scraping the bottom of the sequel barrel here?