Actor Eddie Murphy is best known today for his family comedies, but that’s not how he started his career. Murphy was one of the most famous comedians of the 1980s, and the most popular of his many film roles is probably that of Detective Axel Foley in Hollywood’s Super Detective.
The first two films (from 1984 and 1987) are considered classics and were produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, while the third (from 1994) is considered the weakest in the series, without the participation of Bruckheimer himself. For 20 years it has been rumored repeatedly that a fourth film would be made, but until now nothing has materialized. Until Netflix arrived and confirmed that it would do it.
So what changed Eddie Murphy’s mind this time? Well, it turns out that the involvement of Jerry Bruckheimer has had a lot to do, according to Collider:
“Jerry Bruckheimer, the original producer. When he got involved and started developing the script, he knew what Beverly Hills Cop had to be. When he got involved again, that’s when it all started to fall into place. Because we tried for years and years, maybe 10 , 12 years old, and I must have read five or six different scripts, and it was never right. The studio was like, ‘Come on. Here it is.’ It was like, ‘It’s just not that.’ Jerry Bruckheimer came back, and he knows what he’s doing, and he rode it. [Top Gun: Maverick] last year, and Bad Boys is Jerry Bruckheimer. So we have the same mastermind behind Beverly Hills Cop, and he put all the pieces in place so we could make a great movie. And I’m looking forward to people seeing it.”
In addition to Murphy, both Judge Reinhold and John Ashton are confirmed to return as Detective Billy Rosewood and Sergeant John Taggart respectively, so at least all of the original cast will be here. Are you looking forward to seeing the return of Axel Foley later this year?