Beverly Hills Cop 4 will not be coming soon to a theater near you. The long-awaited fourth installment of the franchise that made Eddie Murphy a star has been pulled from Paramount Pictures' release calendar, Variety.com reports.
The studio announced the film last summer, with a plot involving Murphy's character Axel Foley returning to his native Detroit, with Brett Ratner of Rush Hour fame attached to direct. They even specified a release date of March 25, 2016, which would have been 22 years from the release of Beverly Hills Cop 3 in 1994.
Well, fans will have to wait a lot longer than that. No new release date has been announced for the film, which is code for: the project is dead. Murphy himself implied the demise of Beverly Hills Cop 4 this past January. "They still trying to get that script right," he said at the time. "I’m not doing a Beverly Hills Cop unless they have a really incredible script. I’ve read a couple things that look like they can make some paper. But I’m not doing a s***ty movie just to make some paper. The sh*t got to be right."
The entire BHC franchise seems to be doomed. A planned television reboot of the films, which was supposed to star Brandon T. Jackson, was scrapped in 2013. Looks like we'll just have to let it live on in our hearts.
And since it's #FlashbackFriday, check out Murphy's first-ever appearance on 106 & Park below!
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