Netflix has acquired the rights to produce a sequel to the “Beverly Hills Cop” franchise, with leading man Eddie Murphy to return.
According to Variety, Paramount Pictures and its parent company, Viacom, have released the rights to a sequel of the ’80s films, keeping the franchise’s existing three films under their banner. The sequel will see Murphy reprise his role as Axel Foley, a Detroit cop who is transferred to the streets of Beverly Hills. This project enables a growing collaboration between Murphy and the streaming giant. After the buzzy and wildly entertaining “Dolemite Is My Name,” Netflix may have a promising future output with the actor/comedian.
Paramount Pictures will still be producing Murphy’s other revival feature, “Coming 2 America,” to be helmed by “Dolemite Is My Name“ director Craig Brewer. That installment is slated to release in 2020.
Murphy’s performance as Rudy Ray Moore has been receiving critical praises, citing it to be one of the actor’s best outings. Awards Circuit’s own Adriana Gomez-Weston reviewed the film out of Toronto International Film Festival, saying it’s “Eddie Murphy’s triumphant return to the big screen” and how Murphy “stays true to his comedic roots and creates something that fans of his work will love.”
“Beverly Hills Cop” grossed a domestic box office return of over $234 million and over $316 million worldwide in 1984. “Beverly Hills Cop 2” grossed over $153 million domestically and nearly $300 million worldwide. The franchise took a stoop with its third installment, grossing over $119 million worldwide. There is no doubt Murphy’s big screen moment with “Dolemite Is My Name” is reigniting the engines for the forthcoming projects. Murphy can currently be seen in the comedy now streaming on Netflix. He can also be seen in conversation with “Pain and Glory” star Antonio Banderas on “Variety Studios: Actors on Actors.”
The “Beverly Hills Cop” sequel will be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.