Brett Ratner Promises 'Hard R' Beverly Hills Cop Reboot
by Alex Billington
February 10, 2009
Last year we sadly learned that Brett Ratner would be bringing us another Beverly Hills Cop reboot with Eddie Murphy. I've been neglecting to mention this project as much as I can just because I really don't want it to ever see the light of day. But alas, it'll probably get a greenlight soon enough, and it'll probably make a lot of money at the box office. Regarding the whole thing, MTV talked with Ratner recently and got some updates on where it's heading - including that it'll be "hard R" and that instead of Beverly Hills Cop 4, it'll just be called Beverly Hills Cop (or something like that), meaning it's a reboot more than anything.
This is starting to sound like that new Fast & Furious. "It's a reinvention," Ratner told MTV. "I'm going to reintroduce it to a contemporary audience. I'm going to take the best of the first two films and put it into the new one." I really don't think a franchise that started in 1984 needs to be re-imagined for contemporary audiences, especially a franchise that died off in 1994 will a really bad sequel anyway. I have nothing further to say about this Beverly Hills Cop reboot, except that I really hope it doesn't happen. Thankfully Ratner just signed on to do Youngblood and as long as that keeps him occupied instead, I'll be happy.
Here's a finishing quote from Ratner that should disgust anyone who appreciates good movies. "Eddie Murphy to me was what Chris Tucker is to 12 and 13 year olds today. I would never do another buddy cop movie, but to do Beverly Hills Cop is a dream for me. Eddie is a genius." Hope you're not excited?
this doesn't need a hard r just a r rating is fine it's not violent franchise just needs lots of cursing
nelson on Feb 10, 2009
I dont understand what the hell hollywood thinks theyre doing.
ramez on Feb 10, 2009
uh no i'm definately not excited. i actually don't mind having some educated, well thought out and planned reboots but this is absolutely ridiculous. for one, there is way too much rebooting in the first place and it's getting really, really old and two Brett Ratner sucks! There is no reason to throw in another one of these out there to us poor viewers. He should just come up with some really good story of his own and call it good.
Scott McHenry on Feb 10, 2009
This reeks of desperation! Eddie's career has flat lined and Ratner appears anxious to do a text book reboot to keep his career from sliding.
B;ue Silver on Feb 10, 2009
STOP. MAKING. MOVIES. RATNER.
Fuelbot on Feb 10, 2009
Eddie Murphy has really gone downhill. One of the saddest things to happen in Hollywood. Poor Richard Pryor would be sad to see Eddie do yet another terrible movie
Apollo on Feb 10, 2009
Has pretty much everything been rebooted now? And how can he call this a reboot if it stars Eddie Murphy? This idea is all kinds of wrong.
Scott on Feb 10, 2009
Man, i was never a Beverly Hill Cop Fan at all, I only liked Eddie in his Saturday Night Live days. This will be bad, Eddie will over-act and pull all sorts of goofy faces hehehehe. But he acted well in Dreamgirls so who knows, but i wont hold my breath.
Matt on Feb 10, 2009
Eddie Murphy needs to make a sequel to "Coming to America" and make that hardcore R, none of this sissy "Meet Dave" and "Haunted Mansion" bull shit.
adam on Feb 10, 2009
Hard R? What in the hell? You can't make a Beverly Hills Cop movie have a hard R rating. Wtf, is it gonna have rape and bloody murder in it?
Sean on Feb 10, 2009
I want to punch that face.
Itri on Feb 10, 2009
I thought this was going to be his last movie and was going to go back to doing stand up?
Aucklander on Feb 10, 2009
"I've been neglecting to mention this project as much as I can just because I really don't want it to ever see the light of day." Textbook example of journalistic integrity. Or lack thereof.
Black Guy on Feb 11, 2009
I loved those movies too!! i'm for sure seeing this!
ha1rball on Feb 11, 2009
As long as this means he's too busy to make God Of War then I'm happy.
SKD on Feb 11, 2009
It's bad enough that Hollywood studios continues to recycle ancient franchises instead of actually trying their arm at something fresh and new. Can I suggest we start a fund raising campaign in order to pay Brett Ratner not to make anymore movies, I'll gladly chip in cash.
joshmc on Feb 11, 2009
#14, So you don't want opinions at all in your news? Then what would make this site any different than the next that reports the same thing? Get over yourself, at least its interesting.
Itri on Feb 11, 2009
WOW! Brett Ratner must be the coolest kid, on the whole playground!
Dave Lister, J.M.C. on Feb 11, 2009
@19 It's not that I don't want opinions in my news; I still come to this site, don't I? I especially love the opinions at this site. It's the way that particular sentence implies that I would never even have known about this news because of one of those opinions. And it actually almost implies that the unknowing reader is at the whim of a madman. Keep quiet if you're going to continue to be ignorant of others' perpectives. P.S. The whim of a madman, I like that.
Black Guy on Feb 11, 2009
If they do the Die hard 4 approach, it'll work. Eddie just has to be willing to be funny again. Another 48 hrs could have been one of the funniest sequels of all time, but Eddie didn't want to be funny. He's just got to display that fire again. I hate to say it, but he almost has to bring "Donkey" level silliness if we wanna laugh more than once.
Koopa on Feb 11, 2009
Fucking kill me now. Just the sight of that bastard makes me angry. (Hear about his Youngblood adap?) As if I couldn't go anymore limp for this or any of his evil ambitions. I don't want Ratner beat, I want him out of commission.
roman on Feb 11, 2009
Reinvention? Enough of the remakes already.Ratner please don't F*** up the movie. We don't need a new BHC anymore,enough is enough.
Fisherr on Feb 11, 2009
This is weird, all these people actually agreeing, usually they disagree. Well, i still like eddie murphy, and i enjoyed beverly hills cop, and i don't hate brett ratner or type retarded things like "STOP. MAKING. MOVIES. RATNER." c'mon, really? you'll watch it.
JSH on Feb 11, 2009
This has disaster written all over it. The first two Cop movies were great entertainment; the first one, a modern classic. I'm so fucking sick and tired of all these reboots.
avoidz on Feb 11, 2009
(And @22 - Die Hard 4 was a piece of shit.)
avoidz on Feb 11, 2009
"avoidz" that's our opinion... As crappy as you thought Die Hard 4 was, the formula worked, people saw it and it made money. I refer to it because it was a (successful) modern take on an 80's franchise. We're talking what? A 90 min popcorn flick? This isn't Titanic or the English patient here, it's Beverly Hills Cop. As long as Eddie wants to be funny again people will want to see it. That doesn't mean you have to either. Let's wait for the trailer before passing judgement. Oh... and aren't "The Watchmen," Batman Begins (TDK), Blade, X-men, Transformers, GI Joe, James Bond, 300, Bourne identity, Jack Ryan, Jurrassic Park & Pirates of the Carribbean based off of successful pre-existing ideas and rebooted franchises? ...Unless they all suck too.
Koopa on Feb 12, 2009
All of those movies you just mentioned are not remakes of well-liked pre-existing movies. And the main issue is Brett Ratner directing. Are you a friend of his?
avoidz on Feb 12, 2009
@ 29, just referring to the remakes aspect. They're all based off of rides, toys, books and earlier versions of themselves. In the 90's they seemed to take books and turn them into movies. 2000 on they seemed re invent movies from the 70's & 80's with technology that wasn't available. There hasn't been a successful original franchise since the matrix (and we all know that ended). Ratner's okay i guess. His track record for action comedies seems to be intact (Money Talks, Rush Hour 1 & 2). Anything he tries to do with depth falls flat on it's face though. So much so that next X-men movie has to take place BEFORE he ruined everything. I get that.
koopa on Feb 16, 2009
@ 29, just referring to the remakes aspect. They're all based off of rides, toys, books and earlier versions of themselves. In the 90's they seemed to take books and turn them into movies. 2000 on they seemed re invent movies from the 70's & 80's with technology that wasn't available. There hasn't been a successful original franchise since the matrix (and we all know that ended). Ratner's okay i guess. His track record for action comedies seems to be intact (Money Talks, Rush Hour 1 & 2). Anything he tries to do with depth falls flat on it's face though. So much so that next X-men movie has to take place BEFORE he ruined everything. I get that & respect your opinion.
koopa on Feb 16, 2009
I do not want a reboot, but a sequel, and I want the title and beverly hills cop IV. If Brett Ratner is at rebooting, the film is really a disappointment. For those on facebook and writing, we must create a group and call it "Do not reboot at the Beverly Hills Cop, but the sequel." What do you say guys.
Claudio on Feb 20, 2009
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