New 'Beverly Hills Cop' & 'Top Gun 2' in Bruckheimer's Paramount Deal
Following yesterday's news that Jerry Bruckheimer was in talks to return to Paramount Pictures after his longtime first-look deal, it's official. The studio and Bruckheimer made the announcement today with their deal beginning in April of 2014. In addition, the deal also includes details on a new Beverly Hills Cop and also Top Gun 2. Both films will bring back their respective stars Eddie Murphy and Tom Cruise with Bruckheimer producing the two new films which were produced during his early success at Paramount. In addition, Bruckheimer also took one of his Disney projects to his new studio home. Read on!
As for Beverly Hills Cop, Deadline says the new film is being called a reboot, but there are no details known at this time. We recently heard that Bruckheimer would produce the new film bringing back Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol writers Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec set to script the film. And in an interesting turn of events, director Brett Ratner, who was once attached to an attempted revival of the property five years ago, is again attached to direct.
Earlier this year, CBS made a Beverly Hills Cop TV series pilot that featured Tropic Thunder star Brandon T. Jackson as Foley's son, working as a detective in Beverly Hills, which got Paramount interested in the film franchise again. However, it's not clear if this new film will bring that element into play or not. The press release only says, "This time Foley will be returning to his Detroit roots." The script is still being worked on, but this will be the first project that Bruckheimer and Paramount collaborate on as part of their new deal, so expect to hear more news very soon. Could it join the 2015 release calendar bloodbath?
Top Gun 2 is a little less developed, but this past summer, Bruckheimer believed the film could come together, despite the fact that the film's original director Tony Scott is no longer with us. As of now Cruise is attached, and Skydance Productions (who has produced the recent Mission: Impossible sequels with the actor and Bad Robot) is developing the sequel. There have been hints at a story leaning toward the idea of modern day fighter pilots controlling remote drones and was said to "partially examine the end of the era of fighter pilots," but that was before The Town writer Peter Craig was hired to script the sequel.
Finally, the project that Bruckheimer took over to Paramount from his days at Disney is called Shake. The story is a cat and mouse thriller a FBI agent who is bringing in a serial killer when an earthquake happens and the killer gets loose. Sounds like an odd premise, but apparently Bruckheimer had enough faith (or Disney didn't have enough) to take it over to Paramount. Bruckheimer now joins the likes of Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Michael Bay, David Ellison and J.J. Abrams with deals at the studio, and we hope it gets him back to making the quality films we used to see from him. Thoughts?