*It looks like Paramount Pictures is through with the “Beverly Hills Cop” franchise for the time being.
Deadline.com is reporting that the studio has pushed the project out of its 2016 schedule and it will remain unset for the time being.
Eddie Murphy was set to return as Axel Foley in what was to be the fourth installment of the franchise that got its start in the 1980s. Jerry Bruckheimer was producing and Brett Rattner was set to direct the story about Foley returning from Beverly Hills to Detroit.
Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec, the scribes behind “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol,” were hired to write the script.
One person with knowledge of the situation said Paramount went off its Axel because the script wasn’t ready but that the studio is still planning to move forward on the picture. Apparently Appelbaum and Nemec turned in a script and then former Paramount film pres Adam Goodman (rather wisely it seems) took them off that and had them quickly draft a script for the sequel to “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” last year. The reboot of “Ninja Turtles” ended up kicking in $485M worldwide for the studio.
That slowed the process down on “Cop.” Now that the “Turtles” sequel is moving forward, the writing duo are heading back onto “Beverly Hills Cop” to pen another draft. This one will now be under the guidance of newly minted Paramount Motion Picture Group chairman Marc Evans who replaced Goodman in the job in March.