Are you ready for some more Axel Foley? Paramount is moving forward with a fourth installment in the Beverly Hills Cop franchise, according to Variety. Eddie Murphy is already attached to reprise his role as Detroit detective Axel Foley and the studio is negotiating with Brett Ratner to direct. Paramount is looking to begin production in 2009 with hopes to debut the film in the summer of 2010. No script has been written yet, so a writer will be hired shortly.
The first film in the series was released in 1984 and went on to gross an impressive $316 million worldwide. The sequel was also a success, pulling in $300 million three years later in 1987. But when the studio went to the well one last time in 1994, the results were mixed. Though the budget was kept in line, Beverly Hills Cop III grossed just $119 million worldwide.
Overall, the three films have combined to gross $735 million.
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