In a surprising and somewhat concerning move, Paramount Pictures has removed Beverly Hills Cop IV from its scheduled March 25, 2016 release. The report has come from The Wrap which says the project is delayed indefinitely, but for unknown reasons.
Its a strong possibility the delay is due to issues with the script, but no one outside of the studio, the producers, and Eddie Murphy really knows. What I do know is that Murphy himself has expressed interest in returning for a fourth film, but only if the script is really good. Here’s his quote from back in January of this year. (Rolling Stone)
“They’re still trying to get that script right. I’m not doing a Beverly Hills Cop unless they have a really incredible script. I’ve read a couple things that look like they can make some paper. But I’m not doing a shitty movie just to make some paper. The shit got to be right.”
Before this news, I was actually liking this project’s development. Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec, who both wrote Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol were the last writers to give a crack at the story, and may have come up with something good. Brett Ratner is set to direct the sequel, with Jerry Bruckheimer returning as producer.
I’m willing to wait on Beverly Hills Cop IV while they get the script right (like I have a choice). It’ll be exciting to see Murphy back in this franchise as Detective Axel Foley, especially after that third film. Go out with a bang. Hopefully the wait will pay off, and that it’ll be rated R.
No replacement release date was announced for Beverly Hills Cop IV.
Check out the details on Murphy’s next role below.