Well, well, well, it seems that Beverly Hills Cop IV won’t be stuck in development hell forever. The long delayed fourth installment in the dead franchise just found itself a pair of very promising directors. According to Deadline, Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah will direct the fourth film.
The directing duo are known for their crime drama Black, which received major praise at the Toronto International Film Festival, and even earned them last year’s Discovery Award. The report states that both Murphy and producer Jerry Bruckheimer were impressed by what they saw, and immediately signed the two. Furthermore, both El Arbi and Fallah find the Beverly Hills Cop franchise to be personally important to them, as filmmakers.
Part of its nostalgia, and the fact that I’ve missed seeing Eddie Murphy work on something he’s actually passionate about, but I’m on board for another Beverly Hills Cop adventure with Detective Axel Foley. I’m not familiar with these new directors, but hearing about what they’ve accomplished, instantly makes them an upgrade over Brett Ratner, who was originally signed on to direct.
Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah
The script for Beverly Hills Cop IV is currently in the works, so far as the major sites are concerned. Murphy remains loosely attached, and won’t fully commit until the script is really good. Here’s a quote from Murphy, going as far back as January of last year.
“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.”
Are you interested in a Beverly Hills Cop IV starring Eddie Murphy? Should it be an R-rated action/comedy?
sources: Deadline, Collider, The Rolling Stones magazine