Paramount Studios set to release the 4th installment of the popular franchise in 2016; Ratner confirmed as its director.
It has been 20 years since we last saw Axel Foley laughing his way through a mega-grossing case-solving adventure. In about two years, Paramount Studios reveal, we’ll finally get to see him again.
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The 4th Beverly Hills Cop installment, starring Eddie Murphy as the wisecracking detective, will open in US cinemas on March 25, 2016. The film will be directed by Brett Ratner, best known for directing such box-office hits as the Rush Hour action-film series, The Family Man and the third installment in the X-Men film series, X-Men: The Last Stand.
The original Beverly Hills Cop film, released in 1984, told the story of a young Detroit policeman who heads to Beverly Hills in order to solve the murder of his best friend. Teamed up with two local detectives, he goes on an action-packed journey into the darker layers of the glamorous city.
The film, which was nominated for an Academy Award for writing in 1984 and was the highest-grossing film of that year, shot Murphy to international stardom and has spun two successful sequels, in 1987 and 1994.
Production of a fourth entry was initially announced in the late-1990’s, then later re-announced in 2006, and then again in 2008, when Ratner’s involvement was first discussed. The most recent revival plan was in early 2013, when director Barry Sonnenfeld wrote – and later directed – a TV pilot for CBS, revolving around Axel Foley and his son, with Murphy reprising the role. After CBS chose to pass on the series, Paramount has finally decided to green-light the fourth feature film.
Brett Ratner, a 1990 graduate of New York University, began his career in the entertainment industry as a director of music videos, before making a successful breakthrough into the film industry with the action comedy Rush Hour, released in 1998, which starred Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. The three later reunited for two sequels – 2001’s Rush Hour 2, and 2007’s Rush Hour 3. He also directed such films as 2002’s Red Dragon, 2004’s After the Sunset, 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand, 2009’s New York, I Love you, and the pilot episode of the television series Prison Break, which he also produced.
Beverly Hills Cop 4 will see a continuation of Ratner’s working relationship with Eddie Murphy, which began when in 2011, when he directed Murphy’s high-anxiety comedy Tower Heist, also starring Matthew Broderick and Ben Stiller.