Back in the summer of 2013, word out of Hollywood held that Paramount was “moving fast” on a planned Beverly Hills Cop 4 feature, which seemed kind of strange, because shouldn’t that have been the sort of thing they “moved fast” on in like, 1996? A few months later (still not very fast, guys), Brett Ratner signed on to direct the speedy sequel (technically, again, after a 2009 incarnation didn’t pan out). By this February, the zippiness appeared to be off the project, but star Eddie Murphy finally appeared to be actually interested in the possibility of the feature, even though he bashed Beverly Hills Cop III along the way.
Murphy told Playboy:
“Before it [a fourth film] happens, they’ve got to get that script right. That movie has to be right. The third Beverly Hills Cop was garbage. Those movies, when I travel overseas, people say [in a foreign accent] ‘Hey, Beverly Hills Cop! Axel Foley!’ They call me that shit. All the movies I’ve done, and they call me that. If we do that movie, it has to be right. Not just thrown together to get a big check. I don’t need anymore of those.”
This is a wonderful story, but it now seems as if the residents of various foreign countries will get to continue screaming at Murphy about Beverly Hills Cop III, because the fourth film has just been shoved off the Paramount release schedule.
The Wrap reports that Paramount has removed the film from its release schedule, after it was set to bow on March 25, 2016. The outlet reports that “while the film remains in development, it has not moved forward as quickly as Paramount originally envisioned, though recent movement in the studio’s executive suites has complicated matters.”
Although a schedule shove (not even a push in this case, a shove) never looks good, The Wrap believes this “may ultimately prove to be a blessing in disguise for Beverly Hills Cop 4, which would’ve found itself going head-to-head with Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice on March 25, 2016. As much goodwill as audiences still have for Axel Foley, it’s hard to compete with the Caped Crusader and the Man of Steel.” Fair. Also, diss, but fair.
Keep holding out hope, guys, I will just be over in my police cruiser eating a bay shrimp salad to pass the time.