Failed 'Beverly Hills Cop' TV Pilot Gets Studio Interested in Film Again
In case you were aware, earlier this year, CBS commissioned a pilot to turn the Eddie Murphy film franchise Beverly Hills Cop into a TV series. However, the show would have followed Tropic Thunder star Brandon T. Jackson as Aaron Foley, son of the infamous Axel Foley from the film series, as he dealt with criminals in the vicinity of the rich and famous in California’s most famous zipcode. Murphy and franchise co-star Judge Reinhold even appeared in the pilot. However, the network passed on the pilot, and it hasn't been picked up elsewhere. But that doesn't mean there isn't more Beverly Hills Cop coming.
EW noticed a series of tweets from "The Shield" creator Shawn Ryan, who was behind the pilot for Beverly Hills Cop, and while the TV series adaptation seems to be dead for the time being, there might be renewed studio interest in the film franchise. Ryan said:
Sad to report that efforts to land Beverly Hills Cop pilot at another network have failed. This iteration is dead for now. Good news for fans of franchise is that the pilot tested so well, it has caused Paramount to put another [Beverly Hills Cop] movie into development.
Over five years ago, there was talk of Brett Ratner directing Beverly Hills Cop 4 with Eddie Murphy back as Axel Foley, but that project fell apart. It's not clear what this new Beverly Hills Cop film development might entail, but if Paramount was pleased with test screenings of the pilot, maybe they'll enact the father/son plot in a film sequel. Does that mean we might still see Jackson as the offspring of Axel Foley? It's hard to tell, but we'll see what happens. If I had my pick, I think Donald Glover would actually make for an interesting choice to play a junior Foley. What do you think?