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The Beverly Hills Cop revival that was supposed to happen on television is now heading to the big screen instead. After reviving the character of Axel Foley for a pilot that never made it to series, Eddie Murphy is apparently interested once again in a fourth Beverly Hills Cop movie. Deadline reports that Paramount Pictures is moving ahead quickly on the project, with writers Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec writing a script and Murphy committed to star.

This is far from the first time we've heard talk about a new Beverly Hills Cop movie in the 21st century. Back in 2006-- a time before Dreamgirls or even Shrek 3-- we reported that Murphy was committed to the project, and two years later snagged details on the script, written by 3:10 to Yuma and Wanted's Derek Haas and Michael Brandt. That was pretty much the last we heard of it until the TV show idea cropped up, but when that series-- which would have starred Brandon T. Jackson as Axel Foley's son-- didn't get picked up, the message seemed clear. The era of Axel Foley is over. Eddie Murphy is the voice of a talking donkey to millions. Leave it alone.

Of course, that was foolish-- the last Beverly Hills Cop movie came out in 1994, and any studio that's spent the last 20 years trying to make another one won't give up that easily. And though you may have never heard of writers Appelbaum and Nemec, Paramount's choice of them is a strong sign of how committed they are to this next Axel Foley adventure. The writing team are credited with the lickety-split script for Mission: Impossible-- Ghost Protocol-- one of Paramount's biggest hits of the last few years-- as well as the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. If they were just trying to keep Murphy happy by putting another Beverly Hills Cop movie into pseudo-development, they could have hired writers they liked much less. So yes, this four-quel is really happening… again. But we won't count on seeing it in theaters until cameras actually start rolling. We've been burned too many times before.

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