BEVERLY HILLS COP Reboot with Eddie Murphy Set for 2016 Release
Original star Eddie Murphy will reprise his role as as police officer Axel Foley, with Brett Ratner on board to direct.
CBS was previously working on a BEVERLY HILLS COP television adaptation, which the network eventually abandoned.
The project was said to be a sequel to the trilogy of films, starring Brandon T. Jackson as Axel's son, also a cop, who would assist in taking down the criminal elements of the rich and famous, while trying to escape the shadow of his larger-than-life father. Murphy confirmed he would have returned for repeat appearances.
Murphy began his career at the age of 15 as a stand-up comedian. In 1980, at the age of 19, he joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live," becoming the show's youngest cast member to that point, and bringing to life many of the show's most memorable characters. His 1983 album "Eddie Murphy: Comedian" won a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Recording. It included portions of his groundbreaking HBO special "Eddie Murphy Delirious." In 1987, "Eddie Murphy Raw" was theatrically released and went on to gross over $50 million. Murphy made his feature film debut in 1982 with the classic "48 Hrs." and would go on to star in such box-office hits as "Beverly Hills Cop" and the "The Nutty Professor" and "Shrek" franchises. All told, movies in which he has performed have earned in excess of $7 billion worldwide during their theatrical releases. Murphy earned an Oscar nomination in 2006 for his supporting role in "Dreamgirls."