For the time being it looks like the long in development Beverly Hills Cop 4 is back on. Deadline reports that Paramount has named Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, winners of the Discovery Award at the Toronto Film Festival last year for their drams Black, to direct the sequel. Continue reading for more information.
Apparently, Eddie Murphy and producer Jerry Bruckheimer loved Black and set up a meeting with the Belgian writer-directors to take on Beverly Hills Cop 4. At this point I assume that the screenplay by Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec is the most current version. Murphy has previously stated that he would not be returning to the franchise “unless they have a really incredible script.” No word on whether the most recent re-writes live up to that criteria.
According to the report on Deadline, the sequel “will bring Murphy’s street smart cop character Axel Foley back to his Detroit origins. It is gritty with the trademark irreverent humor that powered the first three films to north of $735 million in global box office. Brett Ratner is exec producer.” Black was a Romeo & Juliet story about a 15-year-old girl in a black gang in Brussels who must choose between loyalty and love when she falls for a Moroccan boy from a rival gang.
The first Beverly Hills Cop was a great vehicle for Murphy, but each sequel seemed to stray more and more from what made the original special. Murphy has been involved with a lot of critical and commercial flops in recent years, so even if the writing and directing is strong for this installment it’s unknown whether Murphy can turn back the clock to what at one time made him a one of a kind comedic talent (or if he has any box office cache to make this movie profitable).
What do you think about another Beverly Hills Cop movie in the works? I will keep you updated on any new developments with this project.