Friday, “Turtles 2,” “BH Cop” Status Updates

A couple of brief status updates have arrived regarding several sequels to major franchises setup at Paramount Pictures.

First up, Platinum Dunes producers Andrew Form and Bradley Fuller have confirmed that the company’s second reboot of the “Friday the 13th” franchise is still having its script tinkered with. Form tells Collider: “Just working on the script still. Hoping to make that movie this year and Brad, I’m gonna confirm that Jason is in the movie.”

In the same interview, Form also offered a brief update on the sequel to last year’s critically reviled but successful reboot of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” franchise. Plans to get the movie into cinemas by mid-2016 seem to still be in effect: “We’re in prep right now. We start shooting in New York in April.”

Meanwhile, Paramount is still planning a fourth film in the popular “Beverly Hills Cop” franchise with the Michigan Film Office confirming this week (via MLive) that shooting aims to take place in Detroit this spring. However, the film’s star Eddie Murphy isn’t so confident and tells Rolling Stone:

“They still trying to get that script right. I’m not doing a ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ unless they have a really incredible script. I’ve read a couple things that look like they can make some paper. But I’m not doing a sh*tty movie just to make some paper. The sh*t got to be right.”

The script is being penned by Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec (“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”) who also penned the recent ‘Ninja Turtles’ and the upcoming sequel. “Beverly Hills Cop 4” was originally slated to begin last Fall to make a March 2016 release date, no word on what the new date will now be. At this time Brett Ratner is still attached to direct.