Axel Foley is coming back to the big screen in Beverly Hills Cop 4 and, along with his writing partner Derek Haas, Michael Brandt will be scripting his return. CineFools recently spoke with Brandt about many different projects and Beverly Hills Cop 4 was at the top of the list. Here's some of what he had to say about the progress of the film.
So with Beverley Hills Cop 4 we got a draft of the script and we kind of came to it in a round about fashion. The studio called and the producers called and said hey we just got a new draft of Beverly Hills Cop 4
and the writers we keep hiring keep trying to write a comedy and we don't want a comedy. We want to make a down and dirty cop movie and then let Eddie be Eddie. With the original Beverly Hills Cop
it is a really dark movie like his friend gets executed at the beginning of the movie. In fact I think it was originally meant for Sly Stallone back in the 80's. It was going to be a hard core cop movie then Eddie came on and they kept the plot and a lot of the R rated violence and Eddie was just funny. So what they said to us was they wanted to go back to that and Derek and I had written a script two years ago called Dying Day
which was kind of a buddy cop thing set in LA with buddy FBI agents but it wasn't jokey at all it was pretty hardcore everybody died in the end and it was the kind of movie/script that everybody who read it really liked but nobody was ever going to make it into a movie. Too dark. And they said they would like to turn Dying Day
into Beverly Hills Cop 4
. We could kind of see how that could work and we said that sounds great and we were all for it and we'll tell you where to send the cheque and the studios said no we want to bring you guys in to do some work on it and turn it into BHCP4. So we agreed and Brett Ratner came on to direct and we did our first draft of that and while it has gotten farther and farther away from our original script we're kind of in between drafting that and a second draft coming up in a month or so.
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Beverly Hills Cop 4 comes to theaters March 25th, 2016 and stars Eddie Murphy. The film is directed by Brett Ratner.