Paramount plans to release Beverly Hills Cop 4 just a few years after Beverly Hills Cop III has never came to fruition, but the project has had new life breathed into it over the last several years, and now Eddie Murphy’s hit comedy franchise has tapped to get an up-and-coming director Mark Molloy to direct a long-awaited sequel of Beverly Hills Cop 4. Eddie Murphy is expected to reprise his role as Axel Foley, with Netflix on board, Jerry Bruckheimer is back to produce and Will Beal penned the script, according to Deadline.
Molloy will replace directing duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, who stepped away to focus on the Warner Bros pic Batgirl, which recently wrapped production and is set to bow on HBO Max. Insiders add Beverly Hills Cop 4 is still in development and no production start date has been set.
The beloved original Beverly Hills Cop released in 1984 and starred Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley, a cop from Detroit who visits Beverly Hills, California to solve the murder of his best friend. The film had a quite successful run at the box office, earning more than $300 million and even garnered the Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. The film also spawned two sequels, which released in 1987 and 1994, but didn’t receive much of praises from the critics or box office success of the original. The franchise moved from Paramount to Netflix in the winter of 2019 and follows the adventures of Detroit cop Foley.
As for Molloy, the project would mark his first feature film for a major studio. The rising star has gained acclaim on the commercial circuit specifically with Apple ones. He is repped by UTA. But Murphy said in March 2021 that He wouldn’t move forward with Beverly Hills Cop 4 until “The Script is Right.” So hopefully, it will turn out like “Coming to America” sequel.