"Beverly Hills Cop" (1984) machte Eddie Murphy (u.a. "Die Glücksritter", "Der Prinz aus Zamunda", "Dr. Dolittle") in der Rolle des Axel Foley zum Star...
Der junge Polizist Axel Foley will verbotenerweise den Mord an seinem Jugendfreund Mikey aufklären. Die Spuren führen ihn in den mondänen und vornehmen Ort Beverly Hills, wo er mit seiner unbeschreiblichen Art, seine Ermittlungen fortsetzt. Er versteht es wie kein anderer die gesamte Polizei von Beverly Hills an der Nase herumzuführen und hat Erfolg. Victor Maitland, ein schwerreicher Kunsthändler, entpuppt sich als verdächtig. Nun legt Eddie Murphy erst richtig los, mit atemberaubender Schlitzohrigkeit deckt er eine Drogenorganisation auf. Aber vorerst löst er nur ein Fiasko nach dem anderen aus...
Wie Humor Mill meldet, spielt wohl Brandon T. Jackson Axel Foleys Sohn in der geplanten "Beverly Hills Cop" TV-Serie...
Rolling Stone sprach mit Eddie Murphy, der keinen 4. Teil drehen will, sondern eine TV-Serie über Axel Foleys Sohn...
CineFOOLS sprach mit dem Drehbuchautor Michael Brandt... So Last we Heard you were working on Beverley Hill Cop 4 where are you up to on that? So with Beverley Hills Cop 4 we got a draft of the script and we kind of came to it in a round about fashion. The studio called and the producers called and said hey we just got a new draft of Beverley Hills Cop 4 and the writers we keep hiring keep trying to write a comedy and we don’t want a comedy. We want to make a down and dirty cop movie and then let Eddie be Eddie. With the original Beverley Hills Cop it is a really dark movie like his friend gets executed at the beginning of the movie. In fact I think it was originally meant for Sly Stallone back in the 80’s. It was going to be a hard core cop movie then Eddie came on and they kept the plot and a lot of the R rated violence and Eddie was just funny. So what they said to us was they wanted to go back to that and Derek and I had written a script two years ago called Dying Day which was kind of a buddy cop thing set in LA with buddy FBI agents but it wasn’t jokey at all it was pretty hardcore everybody died in the end and it was the kind of movie/script that everybody who read it really liked but nobody was ever going to make it into a movie. Too dark. And they said they would like to turn Dying Day into Beverley Hills Cop 4. We could kind of see how that could work and we said that sounds great and we were all for it and we’ll tell you where to send the cheque and the studios said no we want to bring you guys in to do some work on it and turn it into BHCP4. So we agreed and Brett Ratner came on to direct and we did our first draft of that and while it has gotten farther and farther away from our original script we’re kind of in between drafting that and a second draft coming up in a month or so.
Moviehole meldet... [...] Had a chat to screenwriter Derek Haas ("Wanted") over the weekend about "Beverly Hills Cop 4". Some had said that Eddie Murphy and director Brett Ratner had lost interest in the project and jumped aboard other projects. It's true that both the actor and filmmaker have signed up for a couple of new movies (one of which they'll do together) but according to Haas, "Cop 4" is still very much a go-project, and one they look set to do sooner rather than later. In fact, Haas says they're working on a new draft with Ratner as we speak. As for those worried we won't be seeing Judge Reinhold in the film? (because of rumours his character is, er, the victim of the pic) I'm told there's a very good chance Rosewood will be returning.... and not just as a corpse. [...]
MTV.com meldet... With the recent announcement that Brett Ratner would be directing a fourth "Beverly Hills Cop" movie 15 years after his last big-screen adventure, we wanted to know, where exactly is Axel Foley these days?
"Probably in Detroit," laughed Ratner, who is currently working with star Eddie Murphy on Foley’s fourth big-screen adventure, where he will no doubt once again find himself improbably making his way back to the California coast. [...]
And why not? Rambo did it. So did John McClane. Indiana Jones is doing it right now. There’s no doubt that it’s been the year of the aging action star. That makes it the perfect time to reintroduce the character to a whole new audience, Ratner insisted.
"We’re trying to revitalize the franchise. He was one of my favorite movie characters of all-time, Axel Foley, by far the coolest movie character," he said. "It’s an honor to be able to direct another ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ film."
Revitalize doesn’t mean re-invent, of course, but surely an update or two would be necessary to bring the character into the 21st Century. Fans (and I’m speaking as one), generally don’t mind that. Then again, an Indiana Jones who doesn’t do anything at all during the last half of a movie, or a John McClane who doesn’t bleed or curse ain’t exactly our cup of mother-(gun shot) tea either.
Each of the previous three "Cop" movies were rated R, and Murphy’s machine gun mouth, which spewed expletive after expletive in those days, was as much a part of the character as anything else. Surely, his swearing wouldn’t be lost in the translation?
Maybe. When asked what is biggest challenge would be, Ratner seemed to indicate that his new film would be geared towards a very PG audience.
"10-year-old kids, 12-year-old kids don’t really know the old ‘Beverly Hills Cop.’ So it’s an opportunity to make it new for kids," Ratner said. "The same way it felt for me watching ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ when I was a kid, that’s what I want to do for kids today."
We can only hope that means, "Shocked and titillated by obscene filth."
Ratner said "Beverly Hills Cop 4" won’t start filming for at least a year. [...]
Latino Review meldet...
According to the trades, Paramount has set in motion a fourth installment of "Beverly Hills Cop." Eddie Murphy is attached to reprise his role as Detroit detective Axel Foley, and Brett Ratner is negotiating to direct.
What's funny is that on my way to the Sex and the City screening, El Mayimbe and myself were talking about how Eddie Murphy needs to start doing R rated films again rather than these lame ass family films. I'm just hoping that the fourth installment wont be as bad as the third film.
Studio is aiming for a 2009 production start and a summer 2010 release.
Lorenzo di Bonaventura will produce. Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced the original "Beverly Hills Cop" trilogy with late partner Don Simpson, won't be actively involved in the new film.
The trades also report that Murphy approached the studio about reviving the franchise that cemented his status as a B.O. mega-star. Par brass were eager to land another picture with Murphy after he finished the Karey Kirkpatrick-directed "NowhereLand," which Paramount releases in June 2009.
That film was also produced by Di Bonaventura, who is working on the summer 2009 releases "G.I. Joe" and "Transformers 2."
The studio canvassed a number of directors before choosing Ratner. A writer will be hired shortly.