Eddie Murphy shopping ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ TV series
The former star of a 1980s cop drama/comedy could soon appear on a small-screen adaptation.
Eddie Murphy, who played Axel Foley in the franchise, along with Sony Pictures Television and “The Last Resort” EP Shawn Ryan, are shopping an adaptation of “Beverly Hills Cop,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Murphy starred in three films as a Detroit detective transplanted to Beverly Hills. He would have an onscreen role in the pilot and a few episodes of this new version, and he and Ryan would executive produce the project. The project is described as an hour-long crime procedural with comedic elements, according to the Reporter.
Murphy told Rolling Stone in November there would not be a fourth film in the series, and that he wanted to tell a different story about Axel Foley. He said at the time the show would star Foley’s son, and that Foley was now Detroit’s chief of police. It is unclear, however, if the project being shopped around today has the same premise.
The films, which were released in 1984, 1987 and 1994, earned more than $1.5 billion in box office grosses worldwide.
If reading this story hasn’t put it in your head already, here is the song Axel F from the first movie: