Eddie Murphy says Beverly Hills Cop 4 is still in the works at Netflix, but he’s not signing on to return as Axel Foley until the screenplay is just right.

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Earlier this month, Murphy reprised the role of Akeem Joffer in the comedy sequel Coming 2 America. Released exclusively on Amazon Prime Video, the sequel was touted by the company as the most-streamed movie in a single weekend since the start of the pandemic.

The highly-anticipated sequel turned out to be a damp squib. It wasn’t a bad film, but it just wasn’t funny.

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In 2019, Paramount Pictures announced that Netflix had picked up the rights for a Beverly Hills Cop sequel. It was also reported that Bad Boys For Life directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah are also on board to co-direct the movie with Murphy expected to reprise the role of Axel Foley.

Speaking about Beverly Hills Cop 4 on Desus & Mero, Murphy provided an update on the current status of the project –

“They’ve been trying to make another Beverly Hills Cop for 15 years now. Right now, Netflix has it, and they’re trying to develop a script. That’s what we’re supposed to be doing next.”

“But, I’m not doing nothing until the script is right.”

Last May, Arbi similarly gave a promising update on the sequel in an interview with Digital Spy. At the time, the co-director explained how they were still ironing out the story with a new screenwriter, and also expressed how eager they are to work with Murphy –

“We’re still involved in that project, and there’s a screenwriter now on it that’s going to try to write a first draft or a first treatment at least with the story,”

“So we’re going to see what the first version will be, but we’re very excited and hope that we can work with another icon like Eddie Murphy. That’d be great.”

Murphy first appeared in the role of Axel Foley when the original Beverly Hills Cop was released in 1984. Directed by Martin Brest, the movie follows a Detroit cop who travels to Beverly Hills, California, in pursuit of his friend’s murderer.

Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Lisa Eilbacher, Ronny Cox, and Steevn Berkoff also starred. The movie was a tremendous success at the box office as the highest-grossing movie of 1984 in the United States.

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I love Eddie, but I felt Coming 2 America was a step back with his renaissance. He should concentrate on doing more original projects like Dolemite Is My Name. Unless he’s struggling financially, he should reconsider doing a new Beverley Hills Cop.

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