Actor Brandon T. Jackson arrives at Spike TV’s “Eddie Murphy: One Night Only” at the Saban Theatre on Nov. 3, 2012 in Beverly Hills
*CBS has given a pilot order to “Beverly Hills Cop,” reports Deadline.com.
As previously reported, a TV version of the Eddie Murphy film franchise had a pilot production commitment and had already cast Brandon T. Jackson as the lead.
The show would be a continuation of the movies, but centered instead around the police officer son of Murphy’s character Axel Foley. The son, played by Jackson, continues to take down the criminal elements of the rich and famous in Beverly Hills.
Murphy is set to appear in the pilot and will executive produce with Shawn Ryan, who wrote the script, as well as Ryan’s producing partner Marney Hochman.
*Eddie Murphy’s “Beverly Hills Cop” character Axel Foley has found his heir apparent.
As we reported last month, Brandon T. Jackson has officially been tapped to star in CBS’ “Beverly Hills Cop” TV pilot.
The show, described as a dramedy – centers on Foley’s son, Aaron, a cop working in Beverly Hills as he does his part to escape his famous father’s shadow.
If you’re wondering, Eddie Murphy will reprise his role as the wisecracking detective in the pilot and could recur should the project go to series.
*Beverly Hills Cop is back, but for television.
The new CBS series will focus on the son of Eddie Murphy’s character, Axel Foley.
According to Humor Mill, Brandon T. Jackson of “Lottery Ticket,” is expected to snag the role. While he’s still in negotiations, sources stated he was among the favorites for the spot.
The new Foley in town is attempting to make his own path and escape the shadow of his dad who is now chief of police in Detroit. If you were wondering, Eddie Murphy will make his appearances throughout the show.
*It’s a done deal. Last week, news broke that Eddie Murphy and “The Shield” creator Shawn Ryan were teaming to executive produce a small screen version of the “Beverly Hills Cop” franchise.
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Today, Deadline.com is reporting that the Sony TV-produced project has received a pilot production commitment from CBS.
Ryan will serve as showrunner on the potential series, a sequel to the three movies that chronicled the exploits of wise-cracking Detroit detective Axel Foley (Murphy) in Los Angeles. The proposed series has a similar fish-out-of-water setup and centers on Axel Foley’s blue-collar police officer son, Aaron, who helps take down the criminal elements of the rich and famous in Beverly Hills while trying to escape the shadow of his larger-than-life father.
Murphy will reprise his role as Axel in the pilot and may recur if the pilot goes to series. Ryan will write the script and executive produce with his producing partner at MiddKid Prods. Marney Hochman.
As previously reported, Murphy had been trying to get a Beverly Hills Cop series about Axel’s son off the ground for about a year, after plans for a fourth movie were scrapped. He took the premise to his agency WME, which paired him with fellow client Ryan. Because of Ryan’s overall deal at Sony TV, the project was set up there after lengthy and complicated deal-making with Paramount Pictures, which produced the movies and will own a piece of the potential series.
“Beverly Hills Cop,” which was pitched to all four major broadcast networks last week, marks Ryan’s return to CBS, where he executive produced and ran the military drama “The Unit,” starring Dennis Haysbert. Ryan will shepherd the “Beverly Hills Cop” pilot while running the upcoming ABC drama “Last Resort,” starring Andre Braugher.
*Eddie Murphy is reportedly in talks to produce a TV show based on his successful film franchise “Beverly Hills Cop,” although he would not star in the series.
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Murphy says he’s collaborating with Sony Pictures Television and Shawn Ryan, creator of “The Shield” to bring his character Axel Foley to the small screen.
”What I’m trying to do with ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ now is produce a TV show starring Axel Foley’s son, and Axel is the chief of police now in Detroit,” he told Rolling Stone. ”I’d do the pilot, show up here and there.”
Murphy feels the franchise will be better served as a TV project than as a sequel to the three films released between 1984 and 1994.
”None of the movie scripts were right; it was trying to force this premise,” he said. ”If you have to force something, you shouldn’t be doing it. It was always a rehash of the old thing. It was always wrong.”
*No one ever had a better start to their career than Eddie Murphy.
He’s like Hollywood’s version of Albert Pujols. There was no slow rise to the top – he was just there, a star from the minute he stepped on to the stage. He saved a floundering Saturday Night Live from cancellation and came out with three landmark performances – 48 Hours, Trading Places and Beverly Hills Cop – and two groundbreaking live comedy movies before the rest of the world could even blink.
Unlike Pujols, though, Eddie’s career has wavered. Albert hasn’t ever slumped; Eddie’s gone through two big ones. There was the mid-nineties string of bland, uninspired efforts like Vampire in Brooklyn, The Distinguished Gentleman and Boomerang, which was only stopped by the crowd-pleasing (but ultimately forgettable) Nutty Professor; that prompted a run of family and PG-13 films that provided solid work like Shrek, but eventually degenerated into crap like I Spy and Holy Man.
Then came Dreamgirls – and we all remembered the sheer talent that Murphy possesses. Watch it again, if only for Murphy’s astonishing performance as the fading and ultimately tragic James “Thunder” Early. It’s one of the towering supporting roles of the last few decades – sadly, unrewarded come Oscar time (and don’t think his run of movie bombs didn’t hurt him) as Alan Arkin from Little Miss Sunshine upset him. Just like that, Murphy was back…and then he made Norbit and Meet Dave, and he was right back in his rut.
Maybe it’s fate, then, that we see glimmers of another Eddie Murphy comeback as his baseball parallel, Pujols, is smashing balls halfway to Venus in the World Series. Tower Heist looks like a solid hit, and his Oscars gig offers a chance for hilarious redemption on the grandest stage. A return to Saturday Night Live, if only for a brief walk-on, would be a welcome cherry on top of what could be a great second act to one of Hollywood’s true roller-coaster careers.
*Eddie Murphy may not be making a “Beverly Hills Cop IV,” but the actor says he’s working on bringing the successful film franchise to the small screen.
Murphy says in the new issue of Rolling Stone that he’s planning a TV series that would revolve around the son of his Axel Foley character.
“Axel is the chief of police now in Detroit,” Murphy says. “I’d do the pilot, show up here and there.”
The actor, who returns to the big screen on Nov. 4 in the crime comedy “Tower Heist,” also told Rolling Stone a fourth “Cop” movie never materialized because “none of the movie scripts were right.”
“It was trying to force the premise,” Murphy said. “If you have to force something, you shouldn’t be doing it. It was always a rehash of the old thing. It was always wrong.”
The new Rolling Stone hits newsstands today.
*Remember the foul-mouthed cop in “Beverly Hills Cop?” No, not Eddie Murphy. That would be Gill Hill, who was a real life Detroit police officer.
It seems that Hill, also a former city council president, has an state tax problem to the tune of $20,000.
Records reviewed by The Detroit News indicate that the state of Michigan filed a $20,150 lien against Hill last October with the Wayne County Register of Deeds. He owes income taxes assessed last year.
The 78-year-old Hill, who in 2001 narrowly lost to Kwame Kilpatrick in the mayor’s race, is a former Detroit police commander who had a 30-year career with the department.