While producer Jerry Bruckheimer has seemed pretty confident in the past that we'll see the mildly-anticipated Beverly Hills Cop 4 released in March 2016, Eddie Murphy himself isn't so confident. In a new interview with Rolling Stone to promote his Reggae single 'Oh Jah Jah', the comedian-turned-Rastafari revealed that the script for Beverly Hills Cop 4 isn't ready, and he refuses to make another bad sequel. Asked if he thought the franchise reboot was set to shoot soon, he replied:
"Nah, they still trying to get that script right. I'm not doing a 'Beverly Hills Cop' unless they have a really incredible script. I've read a couple things that look like they can make some paper. But I'm not doing a sh*tty movie just to make some paper. The sh*t got to be right."
Michigan Film Office spokeswoman Michelle Grinnell has a conflicting report, though. Back in June, it was reported that Beverly Hills Cop 4 would shoot on location, returning Axel Foley to his hometown of Detroit for the coldest winter on record after he has spent a great deal of time in Beverly Hills' warmer, less dangerous climate. Michelle Grinnell stated this week:
"Paramount's plans for this project in Michigan have not changed. [Beverly Hills Cop 4] is still looking like this spring for principal (filming/production)."
Beverly Hills Cop 4 was originally expected to start filming in fall of last year, so that it could land on its intended March 25, 2016 release date. Delays occurred, and it seems, at least according to Eddie Murphy, that it was because the script wasn't right. At this time, Brett Ratner is still attached to direct. He previously worked with Eddie Murphy on Tower Heist. And the duo were set to collaborate on the 2012 Oscar ceremony, but both dropped out before it could happen.
The current Beverly Hills Cop 4 script draft comes from Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec, who caught heat for some of their poor decisions in writing 2014's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. That fact may provide some clues as to what has Eddie Murphy so bothered by the screenplay.
It's understandable why Eddie Murphy would want to have a perfect script for Beverly Hills Cop 4. Beverly Hills Cop 3 was the worst movie in the franchise, and the comedian himself called the film 'atrocious', claiming it's the reason we haven't seen Axel Foley for two decades. CBS tried to resurrect the character for a TV series spinoff that would have followed Axel Foley's son, and included Eddie Murphy in a supporting role. While the pilot was shot, it wasn't picked up by the network.