Eddie Murphy on ‘Beverly Hills Cop 4’: ‘I’m not doing it unless the script is incredible’

Actor dismisses reports he is about to reprise his iconic role as wise-cracking cop Axel Foley

Eddie Murphy has dismissed reports that he is about to shoot a fourth Beverly Hills Cop movie.

The Michigan Film Office announced in June 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 a tentative release date of March 2016 had apparently been set.

However, Murphy’s latest comments on the sequel suggest this announcement was premature. Asked if he is really making a fourth Beverly Hills Cop film by Rolling Stone, the actor replied: “Nah, they still trying to get that script right. I’m not doing a Beverly Hills Cop [film] 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 shitty movie just to make some paper. The shit got to be right.”

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”.