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Still Funny, a Quarter-Century Later

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A new sequel to the Beverly Hills Cop franchise will be coming to Netflix. The last movie in the franchise was released 25 years ago.

Netflix bought the rights to the movie, which has been a long, long time in the making.

As far back as the mid-1990s, a sequel was bandied about. In 2006, Jerry Bruckheimer, the original producer, said he would come back for the sequel. While they hoped for things to have the feel of the original movie, the plans fizzled.

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In 2011, Eddie Murphy, who plays Alex Foley, denied that a sequel was in the works. At that time, he suggested a TV show instead, as strange as that sounds.

"They're not doing it. 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."

So glad that TV thing didn't work out.

What Would Axel Be Like Now?

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Then in 2014, Paramount Pictures said they were going to shoot Beverly Hills Cop 4.

It was going to be shot in Detroit and released in 2016. Murphy was upbeat about the plans then, saying "I haven't done a street guy, working class, blue-collar character in ages so maybe it's like, 'Oh, wow, I didn't remember he was able to do that.' "

That was Axel Foley's original backstory -- that he was a hardened Detroit cop who flew by the seat of his pants.

The Highs and Lows Of Sequel-Making

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Paramount canceled plans for that one in 2015, citing script issues. So it seems like this Netflix option is the only thing that will keep Beverly Hills Cop from the trash heap.

The timing couldn't be better at this point, because Murphy and the gang might be getting just a tad old by now. It's not the '80s anymore. And the script must have changed throughout the years to accommodate everyone as they progressively got older.

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Perhaps the most exciting thing to come out of this sequel news is that we get to see Eddie Murphy again.

He's good in almost everything he does. Remember Donkey in Shrek? Remember when he played Mushu in Mulan?

Let's see if he's still got enough in the tank for a fourth (and possibly) final Beverly Hills Cop.

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