Actor will reprise his role as Axel Foley in a pilot episode for a small screen spin-off

Eddie Murphy is to appear in a pilot episode for a Beverly Hills Cop TV show.

Last week (August 29), it was reported that Murphy had teamed up with Shawn Ryan, the creator of several popular TV series including The Shield, to develop the show and pitch it to US TV networks.

According to Deadline, the Beverly Hills Cop TV series has now received a “pilot production commitment” from CBS. Ryan will script the pilot and serve as executive producer.

Murphy, who starred as wise-cracking detective Axel Foley in three Beverly Hills Cop movies between 1984 and 1994, will reprise his role in the pilot. If a full season is commissioned, he could make further appearances.

The proposed series will focus on Foley’s son, Aaron, who is now following in his father’s footsteps as an LA law enforcer. Murphy first announced plans for the TV show last year, telling Rolling Stone: “I’d do the pilot, show up here and there.”

At the time, he also confirmed that plans for a fourth Beverly Hills Cop film have now been laid to rest. He explained: “None of the movie scripts were right; it was trying to force this 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.”