What comes after Eddie Murphy’s latest “Beverly Hills Cop” movie?


We had to wait three decades for the fourth installment in the “Beverly Hills Cop” series, “Beverly Hills Cop: Alex F” (now streaming on Netflix).

So will another 30 years pass before Eddie Murphy, then 93, makes the fifth film? Or is something already being planned?

Netflix, which bought a one-time license from Paramount in 2019 with the option for a sequel, has remained silent on this possibility.

Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced the first two films and famously did not appear in the less successful 1994 installment, says it is partly due to how “Axel F” is received.

“Whether another movie comes out obviously depends on Netflix and, frankly, whether people turn on this one and watch it,” says Bruckheimer, who hosted the 1984 original and its sequel with the late Don Simpson.

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“However, it is never easy to make such films,” he adds. “It was great that the (original) cast came together for this film, but the script is crucial.”

However, Murphy doesn't hesitate when asked if another Foley adventure is in the works.

“They're developing 'Beverly Hills Cop 5,'” he tells USA TODAY. “And if the script is right, I'd do it tomorrow.”

According to Murphy's story, the script for “Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F” only came together when a key element fell into place: the unresolved relationship between Foley and his divorced daughter Jane (Taylour Paige), a lawyer.

“That (the plot), to be honest, was the only reason the film was made, and also the reason why this script is different from the eight others I've read over the years,” says Murphy.

“When we realized that Axel had lived a life, was married, had a child and was estranged from her, everything changed. Sure, it's about cops and robbers, but it's actually about Axel reconciling with his daughter,” says the star. “When we added that, it was clear that that's why Axel is back in Beverly Hills and that's why he's driving a truck through walls to save his daughter and his relationship with her.”

Could Broadway be next for Eddie Murphy?

While Murphy may return for a fifth appearance as Foley, he also has another possible project in mind. He's reticent at first, but when asked if it could be a stand-up show, he goes into detail.

“I've been toying with the idea of ​​a live show for years, but when I think about it, I realize it would have to be more than just stand-up,” he says. “I've done so much else, I'd have to incorporate music into my show, maybe I'd tell stories about my career and my life, and I'd incorporate a little bit of stand-up into the show. So it would be more like a Broadway show.”

When it is mentioned that his idea sounds a bit like what Bruce Springsteen (and later Bono) did on Broadway, namely combining childhood and career stories from an autobiography with performance, Murphy's mood brightens.

“I haven't seen it, but everyone said I have to see it,” he says of “Springsteen on Broadway,” which was released as a Netflix special in 2018.

“I heard it was great,” he says. “So I can see myself doing that. But not just doing stand-up and saying, 'What's wrong with Joe Biden?' or just talking about the issues of the day. I need a bigger canvas to work on.”