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Axel Foley is returning to the big screen, with a release date of March 25th 2016, with Eddie Murphy to reprise his role. There were multiple intentions to make a fourth film. Originally it was supposed to be released in the late 90's, but fizzled out. In 2006 it was re-announced, but that didn't work out either. When the third film was released according to Murphy and the critics it was the most disappointing movie of the series. Murphy admitted he didn't want to leave it like that. In September 2011, Murphy discussed a possibility of a fourth film.

"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."

CBS ordered the pilot starring Brandon T. Jackson as the son of Axel....Aaron Foley, with Shawn Ryan taking the helm of producing the TV show. Ryan also created The Shield and The Chicago Code. According to Ryan it was going to have humor and action, and it was going to have a 2013 take on it. In February, Kevin Pollock had been cast for a part in the series. Unfortunately the pilot was canceled in May 2013. In August 2013, Jackson who was going to play Aaron Foley gave his reason about the pass.

"I think so. I think we were very edgy for CBS. I think we were the edgiest as you could've went for CBS. It would have been like a 'Fresh Prince' thing on CBS, like the edgiest you can go on network TV. But it doesn't agree to our franchise man. It's a film. Personally I think it belongs on film whether I'm a part of it, or if I'm not — which I would love to be. But it's not up to me. It's up to fate and whatever the stars say. I can't really control anything."

Could this film be better than the last? What do you think? Is this a good idea or is Hollywood out of ideas? Comment below! Leave out insults.



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