Kevin Bacon has been announced as joining Eddie Murphy in Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley. That’s Beverly Hills Cop 4 to you and me. The sequel is currently in production for Netflix.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Taylour Paige will join returning cast members Judge Reinhold, John Ashton. Paul Reiser, and Bronson Pinchot. The plot, and what role Bacon will play, are still under wraps.
This fourth installment has had a long and tortured journey to the screen. It was initially announced for release in the mid-’90s, under the helm of Murphy’s production company, though this never arrived.
The project was announced again in 2006, with Bruckheimer once again serving as producer. This changed when Lorenzo di Bonaventura stepped in as producer. Many rewrites later Brett Ratner signed on to direct.
In July 2008, Michael Brandt and Derek Haas were hired to do yet another re-write. Their re-write was itself re-written again.
By October 2011, the fourth movie was completely shelved and instead a television series centered around Axel’s son, Aaron (Brandon T. Jackson) was spinning up. Murphy signed on as producer for the series, citing issues with the script as the reason that the film was not being made.
In December 2013 CBS passed on a series order after the pilot episode was made.
So Paramount revived Beverly Hills Cop IV once again with Ratner directing and Murphy returning. In May 2014, Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec were hired to write the screenplay with the state of Michigan approving a $13.5 million set of film incentives, with a total budget for the movie at $60 million.
The shoot, originally scheduled to make a March 25, 2016 release was once again pulled due to script concerns.
In June 2016, it was announced that Batgirl duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah were hired to replace Ratner as co-directors with a plan to have Tom Hardy and Channing Tatum cast in supporting roles. That never went anywhere as Murphy made Coming 2 America instead.
Paramount announced that they had licensed the property to be distributed by Netflix, with options for an additional sequel thereafter, but ongoing delays and COVID eventually caused Arbi and Fallah to drop out. In April 2022 Mark Molloy replaced them as director. Will Beall was announced to have written the new screenplay. Filming finally began last month.
The US release date is still TBC.