‘Beverly Hills Cop 4’ Won’t Happen, TV Series on the Way Instead

Eddie Murphy reveals plans for the continuation of his popular 80s franchise, and claims that he is through with family films.

No Beverly Hills Cop 4 says Eddie Murphy
No Beverly Hills Cop 4 says Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy has stayed quiet in the press for quite some time, but now, at the urging of his Tower Heist director Brett Ratner, the former stand-up comedian-turned-family film maven has opened up about a variety of subjects in promoting his latest comedy.

In a recent Rolling Stone interview, Eddie Murphy talked candidly about both his career choices and the long promised Beverly Hills Cop 4, which he says will never happened. But Axel Foley fans shouldn't frown just yet. A TV series based on the popular 80s character could well be on its way, if Murphy has anything to do about it.

About Beverly Hills Cop 4, this is what the actor had to say.

"They're not doing it. What I'm trying to do now is produce a TV show starring Axel Foley's son, and Axel is the chief of police now in Detroit. I'd do the pilot, show up here and there. None of the movie scripts were right; it was trying to force the premise. If you have to force something, you shouldn't be doing it. It was always a rehash of the old thing. It was always wrong."

Eddie Murphy then went onto discuss his career as a family film star, claiming that those days may be over for good.

"I don't have any interest in that right now. There's really no blueprint, but I'm trying to do some edgy stuff. And I only want to do what I really want to do, otherwise I'm content to sit here and play my guitar all day. I always tell people now that I'm a semi-retired gentleman of leisure, and occasionally I'll go do some work to break the boredom up."

The former Saturday Night Live star even opened up about his refusal to return to the show that made him a superstar.

"They were shitty to me on Saturday Night Live a couple of times after I'd left the show. They said some shitty things. There was that David Spade sketch. I made a stink about it, it became part of the folklore. What really irritated me about it at the time was that it was a career shot. I felt shitty about it for years, but now, I don't have none of that."

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Comments (18)

  1. Titanictom

    MOVIEGEEK is not much of a GEEK...JUST A MOVIE NOVICE!!!!

    3 years agoby @titanictomFlag


    We went Axel Foley, not his son.

    3 years agoby @Number1WolverineFlag

  3. Ryan Douglas

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO give me number 4 damn it i know you can do it properly this is bullsh*t Beverly hills cop is all about axel foley tagert and rosewood!!!

    3 years agoby @ryan-douglasFlag

  4. CUPID

    Thumbs down for the tv series idea.

    3 years agoby @cupidFlag

  5. Justhim_sir

    As long as it's a funny comician that we know and love which is none of any one I think of right now, but The PJ's show was funny. Like I said awhile ago do some action with comedy or drama with comedy in it you might get that love back, but these comedy movies with thrown crap in it don't work out too good.

    3 years agoby @justhim-sirFlag

  6. ejk1

    Stopped caring after the second one.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  7. Junior Roberts

    I've heard Eddie Murphy's top choice to cast as his son is Kevin Hart, who is practically this year's biggest comedian touring.

    3 years agoby @junior-robertsFlag

  8. ChiRep_1

    @rufio You must hate the idea of the new Die Hard lol.

    3 years agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  9. ChiRep_1

    What isn't being turned into a t.v series these days..

    3 years agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  10. Jimthar

    *people. damn typos.....

    3 years agoby @jimtharFlag

  11. Jimthar

    the tv show has FAIL written all over it. i am disappointed however that there will not be a 4th movie. i was looking forward to it after the debacle of the 3rd movie. and i hate to break it to him but ALL sequels are pretty much forcing the premise. parts 2 and 3 both did that so i dont get why he doesnt want to do 4 all of a sudden. it's the same with any series......lethal weapon, die hard, predator....etc. it's basically the same movie with a bit different plot. who cares? the point is to make a good movie that paople will enjoy. unlike haunted mansion.

    3 years agoby @jimtharFlag

  12. moviegeek

    Good. These movies weren't funny anyways.

    3 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  13. Dan

    @rufio Exactly.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  14. TheDude1

    Glad his family friendly movies are a thing of the past. I think everyone was getting tired of it already. Hopefully Tower Heist does well enough that it helps him get more of these roles.

    3 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  15. Rufio

    foley as police chief?!?! foley's son as main character? talk about your all time FORCED premises!! not to mention, cliche (handing reigns to son). pass.

    3 years agoby @rufioFlag

  16. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    First one will always be the best.

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  17. Corey W.

    I have a lot of respect for this man. I'm glad he decided not to do a fourth. That would be forced. Anyways, glad he's done with family-flicks because he was NOT good in that department. He's got the Oscars on the way and Tower Heist, after that he should be fine for a little while.

    3 years agoby @coreyFlag

  18. Titanictom

    At least someone in HOLLYWOOD gets it...Eddie knows when to say NO-IT's not always about $$$!!! NOTE TO MR MURPHY PLEASE RETURN TO STAND UP...YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR MORE THAN GOOD AT !!!

    3 years agoby @titanictomFlag

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