Eddie Murphy plans ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ TV show

Actor will executive produce the series and appear as Axel Foley in the pilot episode

Eddie Murphy is planning a TV series based on the classic Beverly Hills Cop movies.

According to Vulture, the actor has teamed up with Shawn Ryan, the creator of several popular TV series including The Shield, to develop the project. The pair, who will serve as joint executive producers, apparently began pitching the show to US networks yesterday (August 27).

Murphy will appear in the pilot episode of the TV series, said to be a “an hour-long crime procedural [show] with strong comedic elements”, and possibly make further guest appearances during the first season.

Murphy starred as wise-cracking detective Axel Foley in 1984’s Beverly Hills Cop and reprised the role for sequels in 1987 and 1994. He first revealed plans for a small screen spin-off last year (2011), telling Rolling Stone: “What I’m trying to do with Beverly Hills Cop now is produce a TV show starring Axel Foley’s son, and Axel is the chief of police now in Detroit. I’d do the pilot, show up here and there.”

At the time, he also confirmed that plans for a fourth Beverly Hills Cop movie 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.”