Eddie Murphy: ''Beverly Hills Cop 3 was garbage'

Actor also says the script for 'Beverly Hills Cop 4' isn't right yet

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Eddie Murphy has branded the third film in the Beverly Hills Cop series "garbage" after being asked about the long-rumoured Beverly Hills Cop 4.

The Michigan Film Office announced in June 2014 that Beverly Hills Cop 4 would start shooting in and around Detroit in March of this year, with the plot following Murphy's Axel Foley as he leaves Beverly Hills "during the coldest winter on record to navigate the new rules and old enemies in one of America's most tenacious cities". Brent Ratner, who worked with Murphy on 2011's Tower Heist, was said to be on board as director and a tentative release date of March 2016 had apparently been set.

However, Murphy said last month (January) that he will not make another Beverly Hills Cop film by unless the script is "incredible". Now, in a new interview with Playboy, Murphy has re-iterated that the film's script is not yet ready.

"I don't think it's gonna happen in March, but it is gonna be in Detroit," Murphy said of Beverly Hills Cop 4. "And before it happens, they've got to get that script right. That movie has to be right. The third Beverly Hills Cop was garbage."

"Those movies, when I travel overseas, people say 'Hey, Beverly Hills Cop! Axel Foley!' They call me that shit," Murphy continued. "All the movies I've done, and they call me that. If we do that movie, it has to be right. Not just thrown together to get a big check. I don't need anymore of those."

Murphy first played Axel Foley, a wise-cracking cop transferred from Detroit to one of LA's glitziest neighbourhoods, in 1984's Beverly Hills Cop and reprised his popular roles for sequels in 1987 and 1994.

Paramount Pictures' interest in the franchise was revived in 2013 by the pilot episode for a planned spin-off TV series. Although the series was eventually canned, Murphy's "scene-stealing" guest appearance in the pilot is said to have convinced the studio that the character is still "potent".

Asked about the failure of the planned TV series, Murphy explained: "I was gonna be in the pilot, and they thought I should be recurring. [But] I'm not gonna do Beverly Hills Cop on TV. I remember when they tested it - they had this little knob that you turn if you like it or you don't like it. So when Axel shows up in the pilot, some people turned the knob so much, they broke it. So the network decided 'If he isn't recurring, then this isn't gonna happen'. So it didn't happen."

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