Teased for a few years now, and with the backing of both the original movie's producer Jerry Bruckheimer and star Eddie Murphy, the fourth installment of the popular Beverly Hills Cop series now has its directors. Enter Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, with a script written by Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec (the duo behind Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows) that Bruckheimer and Murphy have been tweaking.
Writer-directors El Arbi and Fallah, both from Belgium, most recently impressed with their film Black, which won the Discovery Award at last year's Toronto International Film Festival. With only one other film under their belts — 2014's Image — this is a definite financial boost from what they're used to. But considering the gritty, urban stories they've told thus far, the duo's style may just be the perfect fit for the new Beverly Hills Cop script.
Black was about a 15-year-old girl in a Brussels street gang, forced to choose between gang loyalty and her love for a Moroccan boy in a rival clan. The new Beverly Hills Cop script sees Murphy's Axel Foley returning to his Detroit origins. If the filmmakers are putting the character on the mean streets of Detroit, all their gritty celluloid know-how will surely come in handy. No matter what, Beverly Hills Cop 4 had better stay infused with Foley's familiar wisecracking.
Now that the film has its directors, production is tentatively slated to begin later this year or in early 2017. If you need a dose of Eddie Murphy now, you can catch him this September in Mr. Church where he stars alongside Britt Robertson as a cook who forges a lasting friendship with the family that employs him.
Are you excited for a Beverly Hills Cop 4?