After languishing in development hell for decades, Beverly Hills Cop 4 has gotten an exciting update from producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Created by Daniel Petrie, Jr. and Danilo Bach, the action-comedy franchise centers on Eddie Murphy’s Axel Foley, a street-smart Detroit police detective. Foley frequently finds himself pulled to the titular California town in the hopes of finding those responsible for the murders of people closest to him.
Alongside Murphy, the cast for the Beverly Hills Cop movies included Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Ronny Cox, Paul Reiser and Gil Hill. The franchise has encompassed three films to date, the first of which was critically acclaimed and scored an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay and two Golden Globe nods for Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy and Best Actor for Murphy, while the latter two garnered progressively worse reviews and lower box office returns. Given the film’s devoted fan following, Paramount have made multiple efforts to continue the franchise and now audiences are getting a promising update on the long-awaited Beverly Hills Cop 4.
While speaking with ComicBook.com to discuss Top Gun: Maverick, Jerry Bruckheimer offered an exciting update for Beverly Hills Cop 4. The producer revealed that the long-awaited sequel is finally moving forward and filming is about to begin. See what Bruckheimer shared below:
Well, we’re making another Beverly Hills Cop. We start that in like a week or 10 days and that’s gonna be for Netflix.
Given the film has floundered in development for nearly 30 years, Bruckheimer’s confirmation that Beverly Hills Cop 4 is about to begin filming should come as exciting news for those who have been eager to see Murphy return as fast-talking Axel Foley. The past few years have seen the film make progressively larger strides towards moving forward, with Netflix having acquired the rights to both it and a potential Beverly Hills Cop 5 in late 2019 and Batgirl duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah being attached to direct at one point. Though the two departed earlier this year due to scheduling conflicts, it was confirmed that Mark Molloy would be taking over to direct Beverly Hills Cop 4 and Aquaman co-writer Will Beall attached to write the script.
With Bruckheimer revealing that filming on Beverly Hills Cop 4 will begin in the next week or two, it will be interesting to see if a release date is announced by Netflix sometime in the near future. Given productions have progressed smoother since Murphy’s last legacy sequel, Coming 2 America, and Netflix is eager to ramp up their movie franchise efforts, it seems likely that the long-awaited action comedy could hit the streamer sometime in late 2023 or early 2024. Until further details are announced, audiences can revisit the original Beverly Hills Cop trilogy streaming on Paramount+ now.