Beverly Hills Cop 4

Beverly Hills Cop

Otay, here’s the deal. For the past few years (at least since 2000’s Nutty Professor II), all humans have been clamoring for Eddie Murphy to get back to what made his comedy work so well: sarcasm, a little edge and Samuel L. Jackson robbing a McDonald’s knock-off with a shotgun. Now after Norbit and Meet Dave and a few cashed checks, Murphy is taking that suggestion to heart in the most literal way possible. According to Deadline Hollywood, he’s working with Paramount to make a fourth (fourth!) Beverly Hills Cop movie. After CBS passed on the TV version from The Shield creator Shawn Ryan and co-starring Brandon T. Jackson, Paramount (who was on board as the rights holder) hired Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) to shift the character back to the big screen. So this is happening (for now).

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You should read the interview in its long-form, or even just the highlights, but Rolling Stone has convinced Eddie Murphy to sit down for his first chat in a long while, and the result is the kind of thing that gets an Amen from the last pew in the row. At 50, the actor has “no interest” in doing more family movies – a genre that never gelled with his comic sensibilities in the first place – and even though Beverly Hills Cop 4 isn’t going to happen, he’s still looking to do “edgy stuff.” It would seem as though he has a firm grasp on his own financial security and his ability to turn down jobs (although that realization seems to have come a few years too late), because he’s ready to give up on movies if the right projects don’t come along. If they don’t, he’s content to hang out in a giant house playing guitar, or to get back on the road doing stand-up comedy. Putting Murphy in family movies was like casting a tank in a ballet. In a way, this announcement comes from a coma patient finally rousing in his hospital bed, and while retirement would at least save the world from more Meet Daves, the optimum option for fans is for the comedy legend to find some scripts that play to his strengths and get him back in the game in a major way.  

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Beverly Hills Cop

Our friends at Latino Review got their hands on the storyline and, in a nutshell, it doesn’t sound too good.

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God of War

If there is anyone who needs to do a little bit of setting the record straight, it is Brett Ratner. Though, I would surmise that the Rat isn’t really looking to get that spotlight off of himself, as he has been one of the most talked about non-working directors of 2008.

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Eddie Murphy in Beverly Hills Cop

Well, also “R” for “Restricted.”

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Axel Foley

I’m sure Brett Ratner is a nice enough guy. But watching his movies has been clinically proven to cause acute cerebral hemorrhaging in lab rats.

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