It seems after all these years Beverly Hills Cop is being rebooted for TV, and it looks like the film series that helped launch Eddie Murphy’s career is being negotiated with Murphy as part of the package. Reports are in that Murphy will be a big part of the TV reboot, along with The Shield creator Shawn Ryan, who is currently pitching the idea to television stations.
We reported on the possibility of this last year, when Murphy hinted at the idea of Axel Foley’s son with Foley himself as the chief of police. And according to /Film, that’s exactly what’s going to happen, with Murphy reprising his role on a limited basis, indeed returning as the “wise-cracking, letter jacket-wearing Detroit cop solving crimes in the whole new world of Beverly Hills, CA.”
According to initial reports, Murphy and Ryan first took meetings with broadcast networks around Hollywood on Tuesday. They’ve partnered with Sony Pictures Television on the show, which will be an “hour-long, buddy cop procedural with comedic elements”.
So far the details are a little sketchy, and we’re not sure if one of the cops mentioned will indeed be Foley’s son, but it’s looking pretty likely that Murphy will at least pop up a few times a year. Here’s what Murphy said about it last year:
“What I’m trying to do now is produce a TV show starring Axel Foley’s son, and Axel is the chief of police now in Detroit. I’d do the pilot, show up here and there. None of the movie scripts were right; it was trying to force the premise. 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.”
So, it sounds like we can look forward to a mini-Beverly Hills Cop every week, although there have already been speculations that if the show ends up on a major network, it could lack the edge and humor that made it such a success in the first place. Hmmmm.
Still, the idea sounds like it could really take off, just from the name and general idea alone, never mind the fact that Murphy is going to be involved, along with Ryan — it could easily be snapped up by the first network it gets presented to.
What do you think? Are you excited about a TV version of Beverly Hills Cop?