After a staggering 29-year hiatus, Eddie Murphy is set to don his iconic Detroit Lions jacket and reprise his role as Axel Foley in the eagerly awaited sequel, aptly titled Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley. This long-anticipated sequel faced a tumultuous journey before finally rolling cameras. It languished in development limbo for well over two decades, with numerous script revisions, a revolving door of directors, and Murphy himself taking a step back from the spotlight. However, Murphy made a triumphant return in 2019, and despite all the production bumps in the road, the film has been filmed and is currently undergoing post-production. Soon, it’ll be gracing the silver screen. Here’s your comprehensive guide to everything you need to know about Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley.
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When Is ‘Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley’ Coming Out?
At this moment, Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley doesn’t have an official release date, but it’s expected to hit theaters in 2024. The previous two installments in the series were released in late May, so there’s a possibility that this film will follow suit. Interestingly, the film was originally slated for release by Paramount Pictures on March 25, 2016, coinciding with the release of Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice. However, it was removed from the release schedule back in 2015.
Will ‘Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley’ Be Coming to Theaters?
While the first three films in the Beverly Hills Cop franchise found their way to theaters through Paramount Pictures, the latest installment is taking a different route with Netflix as its backing studio. This collaboration was set in motion back in 2019, marking a notable shift in distribution. While it’s possible that Netflix may decide to give the film a theatrical release, there’s no official confirmation as of yet. Netflix has demonstrated its willingness to release major titles in theaters before, as seen with last year’s Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, which, like this film, was a sequel to a previously theatrically released movie.
Who’s In the Cast of ‘Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley’?
Could there truly be a Beverly Hills Cop sequel without Eddie Murphy? Eddie Murphy is set to reprise his role as the wisecracking Detroit cop, Axel Foley, in this film. This marks the iconic comedian’s fourth time embodying the character (or fifth, if we count the unaired pilot for a TV series in 2013). Beyond his role in the Beverly Hills Cop series, Murphy is celebrated for his legendary stand-up career and his work in numerous films, including voicing Donkey in the Shrek franchise. He’s left his mark on cinema with classics like Coming to America, The Nutty Professor, Trading Places, Dr. Dolittle, Bowfinger, Harlem Nights, 48 Hrs, Boomerang, and Dreamgirls, which earned him his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. After stepping away from the limelight following the lukewarm reception of his 2012 comedy A Thousand Words, Murphy returned to the big screen in the indie film Mr. Church in 2016. He then captivated audiences with his portrayal of Rudy Ray Moore in the biopic Dolemite Is My Name in 2019. Since then, Murphy has graced the screen in Coming 2 America and You People.
Back in 2015, Murphy expressed some hesitation about doing another sequel. However, when Jerry Bruckheimer, the producer behind the original three films, signed on, Murphy’s excitement reignited. In an interview with Collider’s Steve Weintraub, Murphy shared his enthusiasm for the project, saying:
But Eddie Murphy isn’t the only familiar face returning; Judge Reinhold, Paul Reiser, John Ashton, and Bronson Pinchot will also be reprising their roles as Billy Rosewood, Jeffery Friedman, John Taggart, and Serge. While Reinhold, Ashton, and Pinchot appeared alongside Murphy in all three previous films, Reiser skipped the third installment, making his return a pleasant surprise. Joining the franchise are newcomers Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception), Taylour Paige (Zola), and Kevin Bacon (Footloose), although their specific roles remain undisclosed.
What Will Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley Be About?
As for the plot of Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley, well, it’s shrouded in mystery. Netflix is playing its cards close to the chest, keeping all plot details firmly under wraps. Despite a flurry of rumors circulating about the film’s potential storyline, there’s been no official confirmation from Netflix about what we can expect from Axel Foley’s latest adventure.
Who Is Making Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley?
When it comes to the director of Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley, Mark Molloy is set to make his directorial debut with this film. While he may be a fresh face in the world of feature films, Molloy has already built a successful career directing commercials for big names like Apple, Go Daddy, and Nissan. It’s worth noting that the film has seen its fair share of directorial shifts, with previous directors including Brett Ratner (known for Rush Hour) and Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah (the team behind Bad Boys for Life).
On the production side of things, Eddie Murphy is not only reprising his iconic role but also taking on a role behind the scenes as a producer. He’s joined by a powerhouse team that includes Jerry Bruckheimer, Chad Oman, and Melissa Reid. Bruckheimer, a Hollywood legend, has a track record of producing major franchises like Top Gun, Pirates of the Caribbean, Bad Boys, and National Treasure. As for the screenplay, it’s penned by Will Beall, a former LAPD officer who’s previously worked on scripts for Aquaman and Gangster Squad. Rounding out the writing team are Tom Gormicon and Kevin Etten, known for their work on The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.
When and Where Did Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley Film?
After spending what felt like an eternity in development limbo, the cameras finally started rolling for Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley in August 2022, and they did so in the sunny locale of San Bernardino, California. Later, the production team also captured some scenes in Detroit, Michigan, adding a touch of authenticity to the film’s Detroit-based storyline. The hard work of filming eventually came to a close in early 2023.