Eddie Murphy has revealed that, despite earlier reports he was attached to a Brett Ratner-directed fourth installment of the Beverly Hills Cop franchise, he will no longer be doing that. Instead, Eddie Murphy is going to make a Beverly Hills Cop television show based around Axel Foley's Beverly Hill Cop son, because in his mind, that's a better idea than letting the third movie be the final, forgettable bite of crust on our Axel sandwich. Speaking to Rolling Stone, the majority of the Klump family explained:
"They're not doing [Beverly Hills Cop IV]. What I'm trying to do now is produce a TV show starring Axel Foley's son, and Axel is the chief of police now in Detroit. I'd do the pilot, show up here and there. None of the movie scripts were right; it was trying to force the premise. If you have to force something, you shouldn't be doing it. It was always a rehash of the old thing. It was always wrong."
Of course not, Eddie; don't force it. Let the ideas exit the mind as smoothly as miniature, alien Eddie Murphy exits the head of his spaceship shaped like regular-sized Eddie Murphy. That's how you get graceful, natural ideas like Beverly Hills Cop, Jr.: The Series, and Norbit.
So, obviously that's a terrible idea, but on the brighter side of the Murphy career, it sounds like the actor may at last be taking a break from straining out insipid family films. Asked about future projects in the broad family genre, he responded, "I don't have any interest in that right now." He then presumably clarified, "Sorry, I was just recording a line for when CGI Hong Kong Phooey is refusing a fart pill. Now what was your question again?"