US networks pass on spin-off series but the show's creator says Paramount is planning another film
A new Beverly Hills Cop movie is apparently in development at Paramount now that plans for a spin-off TV series have been scrapped.
Eddie Murphy teamed up with Shawn Ryan, creator of several popular US shows including The Shield, to develop the series and pitch it to US TV networks last summer. CBS ordered a pilot but after seeing the finished episode decided not to commission a full season.
The pilot was then shopped around to other networks but Ryan has now confirmed that it hasn’t been picked up. “Sad to report that efforts to land Beverly Hills Cop pilot at another network have failed,” he posted on Twitter.
However, Ryan had more positive news to share in his next tweet:
Good news for fans of franchise is that the pilot tested so well, it has caused Paramount to put another #BHC movie into development.
— Shawn Ryan (@ShawnRyanTV) July 20, 2013
The last film in the franchise, Beverly Hills Cop III, came out nearly two decades ago in 1994. Murphy reprised his role as wise-cracking detective Axel Foley in the TV pilot, but the show was to be centred on Axel’s son Aaron, played by Brandon T Jackson. Had a full season been commissioned, Murphy would have shown up “here and there” for guest appearances.