Almost three decades after the first "Beverly Hills Cop" film hit theaters, Eddie Murphy is planning to turn it into a TV show. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed the news first reported by Vulture that the actor/comedian, "The Shield" creator Shawn Ryan and Sony Pictures Television are working on the small-screen version of the action comedy film franchise.
Murphy and Ryan have reportedly begun pitching the project to broadcast networks. The upcoming series is said to be "a buddy cop show" and will be an hour-long crime procedural with comedic elements.
In addition to serving as the executive producer along with Ryan, the 51-year-old Golden Globe nominee who played Det. Axel Foley in the "Beverly Hills Cop" films will have an on-screen role on the show. He will reportedly appear in the pilot and a few episodes throughout the first season.
Back in late 2011, Murphy told Rolling Stone about his plans to make a "Beverly Hills Cop" TV series. "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," he said, insisting that he wouldn't make a fourth movie for the franchise. It's unclear if the currently-shopped project has the same concept he said last year.
The first "Beverly Hills Cop" movie was released in 1984 and raked $316 million worldwide with a mere $15 million budget. The second and third installments came out in 1987 and 1994, pulling in $299 and $119 million respectively.