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Eddie Murphy to Star in Remake of ‘Beverly Hills Cop’

It appeared that the “Beverly Hills Cop” franchise was going to continue on television, but Paramount Pictures has begun moving fast on another theatrical release.

The studio has enlisted actor Eddie Murphy to reprise his role as Axel Foley, and they’ve set writers Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec to pen the script.

The series began in 1984, designed for Murphy as the slick-talking Detroit cop who was an outsider and excoriated by authority, but who was the smartest cop on the block.

Martin Brest directed the first film, Beverly Hills Cop; Tony Scott helmed Beverly Hills Cop II, and Beverly Hills Cop III was directed by John Landis in 1994. Back when Murphy was one of the studio’s biggest stars, the series grossed near $750 million collectively.

The interest to remake a “Beverly Hills Cop” movie was sparked by a pilot test CBS conducted for a TV show they were considering.

The show, written by Shawn Ryan and executive produced by Murphy and Ryan, ignited a debate over whether “Beverly Hills Cop” should be made for television or the movies.

Murphy had scene-stealing performance in the TV pilot that sealed the deal and Paramount decided to move forward with a feature length film.

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