Brett Ratner Directing Beverly Hills Cop IV With Eddie Murphy
by Alex Billington
May 29, 2008
Why oh why does Hollywood have a fascination with the 80s?! Every last 80s everything - cartoon series, action figure, comic book, movie - is being remade, restarted, rebooted, or revived. And while sometimes they turn out great (Transformers) they all too often turn out terrible. Here's another one to add to the long list of dreaded revivals - Beverly Hills Cop. But that's not the worst of it. Brett "I Ruined the X-Men Franchise" Ratner has been hired as the director for Beverly Hills Cop IV and Eddie "I'm Not Funny" Murphy will be back, too. Not only did I not want to see this get made to begin with, but now I really have no interest at all. As much as I didn't want to report this news, because it falls along the same lines as the Rocky news, I've got to get it out there so we can all mourn together.
Eddie Murphy himself actually approached Paramount with the idea of reviving the franchise and reprising his role as Detroit detective Axel Foley. Maybe that's because he's on a downward spiral and is trying every last option? Apparently Paramount caved to his demands and has brought on Lorenzo di Bonaventura, of Transformers and G.I. Joe, to produce. Jerry Bruckheimer actually produced the original three, release in 1984, 1987, and 1994, but has absolutely no involvement in this revival. A writer has not been hired yet. Paramount plans to release this in the summer of 2010.
Unless Eddie Murphy really plans to turn himself around and pull out a performance that lives up to the original three, I really don't see this being good at all. The idea of Beverly Hills Cop IV is hard enough to believe anyway. Why? Because of all the other films from the 80's to bring back from the dead, it had to be one that already was a trilogy and wasn't that memorable to begin with. Maybe I'm not the biggest fan of Beverly Hills Cop to begin with, but this is one of those few projects that I am definitely not looking forward to. Can Brett Ratner and Eddie Murphy actually successfully revive the Beverly Hills Cop franchise?!