‘Beverly Hills Cop 4’ pushed back again by Paramount Pictures

Eddie Murphy said in January he wouldn't make the sequel unless the script is 'really incredible'

Beverly Hills Cop 4 has apparently been delayed once again by Paramount Pictures.

TheWrap reports that the long-gestating sequel has been pulled from the studio’s release schedules after previously being slated to open in cinemas next March (2016).

The sequel is understood to be “in development” still, but is not progressing as swiftly as the studio had hoped. Earlier this year, Eddie Murphy insisted that he wouldn’t make another Beverly Hills Cop film “unless they have a really incredible script”. He told Rolling Stone in January: “I’ve read a couple things that look like they can make some paper. But I’m not doing a shitty movie just to make some paper. The shit got to be right.”

The Michigan Film Office announced in June 2014 that Beverly Hills Cop 4 would be shot in and around Detroit, 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 Paramount scheduled in a March 2016 release date.

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 the popular role 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”.