Comedian Eddie Murphy has confirmed that once he finishes work on the “Coming to America” sequel, his next project will be the long in development fourth film in the “Beverly Hills Cop” franchise.
The film has been in development, on and off, for over a decade with Brett Ratner attached to direct at one time. In 2012 it was re-envisioned as a TV series following the son of his Axel Foley character, but that project never made it past the pilot.
A year later it was retooled into a film again with new writers and a new setup. Murphy, who has been on the comeback trail recently with the critically well-regarded “Dolemite is My Name” coming to Netflix and an upcoming SNL hosting gig, spoke with Collider recently and confirmed the project’s new status saying:
“Yeah that [BHC4] is what we’re doing after ‘Coming to America 2′. We’re doing ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ and then the plan is to get back on stage and do stand-up. That’s what I’ll be doing mostly is stand-up. These movies and ‘Saturday Night Live’ it’s kind of like…I’m looking at it as a bookend. If I decided I wanted to stay on the couch forever, I ended it on a funny note.”
The first “Beverly Hills Cop” was well-regarded and a commercial hit, and while the second was a critical dud it was popular even as it has not aged well. The third was both critically and commercially dismissed.