Another step closer to the formal greenlight, the CBS reboot of Beverly Hills Cop has cast actor-comedian Brandon T. Jackson as the son of Eddie Murphy's character from the original film franchise.
A fan of the young actor's standup routine, Eddie Murphy himself apparently suggested Jackson for the role of Aaron Foley, the blue-collar police officer son of Murphy's Axel Foley. In an attempt to escape the larger-than-life shadow of his legendary father, now the chief of police in Detroit, Aaron moves to Beverly Hills to pursue his career.
Whereas the three Beverly Hills Cop movies followed the fish-out-of-water adventures of wise-cracking Detroit detective Axel in Los Angeles, the television series will focus on Aaron as he takes down the criminal elements in the elite world of the rich and famous.
In his first television commitment since leaving Saturday Night Live in 1984, Murphy will reprise his role as Axel Foley for the pilot and will continue to appear as a recurring character if the series is picked up. Already granted a pilot production commitment when CBS won a bidding war for the project, the new Beverly Hills Cop should have no problem securing a pilot order once the finished script is delivered by Shawn Ryan. Creator of the critically acclaimed FX drama The Shield, Ryan will serve as executive producer and showrunner on the new series.
Best known for his breakout role as Alpa Chino in the 2008 comedy Tropic Thunder, Jackson has made appearances in other films and television series, including Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, FOX's Raising Hope, and The Norm Show. His only previous starring turn on television was opposite Minnie Driver in CBS's 2011 pilot Hail Mary.
As a character-driven comedic procedural with a recognizable title and the potential for occasional appearances by Eddie Murphy, it seems like a foregone conclusion that CBS will pick up this proposed sequel series. The only issue is that the movies were rated R. Can Beverly Hills Cop work as a primetime network television show?