Hollywood is constantly announcing sequels that never actually make it to the big screen — don't hold your breath for that Goonies reunion — but Paramount Pictures is so serious about anotherBeverly Hills Cop movie that it's already put a release date on the calendar.
That's right, cue the Herbie Hancock music: the studio confirmed to Mashable on Friday that a fourth Beverly Hills Cop, with Eddie Murphy reprising his role as Axel Foley, will open wide on March 25, 2016.
The official logline from Paramount:
The ultimate "fish-out-of-water" franchise takes Axel Foley, who has been living a cushy life as a Beverly Hills Detective, back to the mean streets of Detroit during the coldest winter on record to navigate the new rules and old enemies in America's toughest city.
Deadline Hollywood reported last summer that Murphy was on board and a pair of screenwriters were assigned to the project. But stars and scribes attach themselves to stuff every day; that doesn't mean a movie will come out of it. This time, it did.
Beverly Hills Cop was initially going to be a CBS television show starring Brandon T. Jackson as Foley's son. As legend has it, when Murphy stole the show in a cameo as the wisecracking detective, it sparked interest in a film franchise and — voila — here we are today, with Paramount's date meaning the movie is really happening. (The TV show, however, never got past the pilot.)
Brett Ratner, who directed Murphy in Tower Heist (and set him as Oscars host before getting booted as producer over using a gay slur), will helm Beverly Hills Cop. Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced Beverly Hills Cop in 1984 and Beverly Hills Cop II in '87, is back to produce.
The 1980s franchise's latest will hit theaters a week before Murphy turns 55, just shy of retirement age for a cop. At least one who spent most of his career patrolling the friendly confines of Beverly Hills.