Great news coming out of Detroit Rock City today. The Detroit Free Press is reporting that production has been given the green light for the filming of a reboot/sequel to the 1984 movie Beverly Hills Cop. Cop, which stars Eddie Murphy in his break-out role, tells the tale of a Detroit Police officer named Axel Foley who is recruited to help solve a case in Beverly Hills, CA. Two sequels followed but it has been 20 years since the franchise ended … until now. Read on to learn all the deets about plans for the return of Beverly Hills Cop.
Axel Foley is coming home. The latest installment of the 1984 classic “Beverly Hills Cop” has been approved for a Michigan film incentive, the Michigan Film Office announced today. The new chapter in the franchise that helped make Eddie Murphy a cinema star was given the OK for about $13.5 million based on $56.5 million in anticipated Michigan spending. It expects to hire approximately 352 Michigan workers, or a full-time equivalent of 318 jobs. Murphy is set to star in the project, which will be directed by Brett Ratner and produced by Detroit native Jerry Bruckheimer for Paramount Pictures. Filming will take place in Detroit and nearby locales. It is expected to be released in 2016. The new film brings Foley, played by Murphy, from his plush Beverly Hills life back to the Motor City during a severe cold snap to encounter “old enemies in one of America’s most tenacious cities,” says the MFO.
YES, this is so great. I love the idea that Axel Foley now lives in Beverly Hills and he goes back to Detroit for a new case. Brilliant. I can’t even tell you how big a deal Beverly Hills Cop was to Detroiters when it came out in 1984. These days, all sorts of movies are made in and around Detroit (like Transformers: Age of Extinction) but back in the 80s, it was a novelty. It was really remarkable to see Detroit landmarks in an actual movie. One of the best memories I have with my older siblings is when they took me with them to see Beverly Hills Cop at a drive-in movie theater. Actually, seeing BHC with them is one of the only memories I have with my siblings since we never really had a relationship. I am all for this Beverly Hills Cop reboot/sequel/relaunch. Doesn’t this sound like a great idea?