Paramount is moving forward with Beverly Hills Cop 4, with Deadline reporting that the studio has secured Eddie Murphy to star in the fourth outing.
The franchise had initially been expected to progress as a TV series dreamed up by The Shield creator Shawn Ryan, with the story focusing on Axel Foley’s son, played by Brandon T. Jackson.
Murphy had appeared in the pilot episode, reprising his performance as loose-cannon cop Axel, but the show wasn’t picked up despite widespread media interest.
However, Murphy’s performance was seemingly enough to persuade studio bosses that there is still mileage in the character, with Paramount taking the plunge with a third sequel.
No director has been confirmed as yet, but Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec will be charged with creating a script, having previously penned the screenplay for the forthcoming Ninja Turtles remake.