After years trapped in development hell, Paramount have announced that a fourth Beverly Hills Cop movie is now officially a-go with Brett Ratner attached to direct. The Rush Hour director has been linked to the long awaited sequel since 2008, back then he promised to return the franchise back to its R-rated glory days. We will have to wait and see if he makes good on that promise as the third movie was heavily diluted and fans weren’t buying it.

Eddie Murphy will reprise his role as fast-talking cop Axel Foley, super-producer Jerry Bruckhiemer will be back on board having not been involved in the critically panned third entry. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol writers Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec are working on the script, little is known about the potential plot but the story will that will take Axel back to Detroit. 

Believe it or not it has been 20 years since Beverly Hills Cop 3 effectively killed the franchise, numerous attempts to get a fourth film off the ground stalled but hope arose when news of a pilot episode for a TV series made the headlines. Last year veteran director Barry Sonnenfield (Men In Black) helmed that very pilot episode, Eddie Murphy returned as Foley (now the Chief of Police) and agreed to make regular appearances should the pilot get picked up. Brandon T Jackson starred as his now grown-up-rookie-cop son Aaron. 

Eddie Murphy on network television in a continuation of a hit movie franchise produced by Shawn Ryan (creator of The Shield), surely that is a surefire guarantee for a series order? CBS didn’t think so as they passed on it, even a cameo from the right honourable Judge Reinhold as Billy Rosewood couldn’t convince TV executives to give the pilot a full series. The small screen’s loss is apparently the big screen’s gain, a release date has been set for March 2016 so expect more casting announcements to follow in the months ahead.