“Beverly Hills Cop 4,” which sees Eddie Murphy return to the role that rocketed him to stardom, reportedly has been removed from Paramount Pictures’ release schedule.
According to TheWrap, the Brett Ratner-directed sequel remains in development, but slow movement has led to the loss of its March 25, 2016, release date — which would have put the comedy up against “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
Characterized as Murphy’s “comeback vehicle,” the film is thought to take Axel Foley back to his Detroit roots. Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec wrote the original script for the sequel, which was put back into development in 2013 after CBS passed on a “Beverly Hills Cop” TV pilot.
Script concerns seem the most likely cause of the delay, with TheWrap pointing to a January interview with “Rolling Stone” in which Murphy said, “I’m not doing a ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ 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.”
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