Earlier this week it was reported Jerry Bruckheimer had left Disney to head to either Warner Bros or Paramount Studios. At the time I thought that it would probably increase the likelihood of a Beverly Hills Cop IV, which has been mooching around the starting position for a while now, if Paramount won the deal. Well they have won the deal, and Beverly Hills Cop IV will be Bruckheimer’s first movie with them. Here’s what Deadline has to say:
The first project under the new deal, however, will be a new Beverly Hills Cop movie — a reboot of one of Bruckheimer and Paramount’s biggest successes together when he produced the original with late partner Don Simpson. Eddie Murphy closed his deal to reprise his role as Detroit cop Axel Foley — this time Foley will be returning to his Detroit roots. It will be the fourth installment of the lucrative franchise. Brett Ratner, who is currently finishing up Hercules for MGM, is attached to direct the film as soon as his duties on the Dwayne Johnson-starrer finishes up. The picture bows in July. The Beverly Hills Cop script is still being worked on.
I have strong hopes that this will be Rated-R, like the previous three, as Bruckheimer also mentioned one of the Disney limitations was PG-13. Eddie Murphy shot a pilot for a Beverly Hills Cop TV series, where Brandon T. Jackson would play the main protagonist (his son). Thankfully, it was shitcanned and now the movie is going forward instead. You can read the history of this here, here and here.