When it comes to Eddie Murphy‘s classic franchise, Beverly Hills Cop, there’s often more debate over who penned its iconic theme (Harold Faltermeyer) than whether we’d ever actually see its long-rumored fourth installment. Sadly, Beverly Hills Cop 4 has become just as unlikely a reality as Murphy’s return to the stand-up stage (or landing a track on the charts as a newly-minted reggae artist.)
But it appears there’s still hope, as Deadline reports that Paramount is moving forward with the decades overdue project (Beverly Hills Cop 3 was released in May of 1994,) hiring directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (of the critically-acclaimed, Black) to spearhead the production with a script that finds Axel returning to his Detroit beginnings, which originally had a 2016 release date pegged. Tinseltown vet, Jerry Bruckheimer, is slated to produce, with eyes on a late 2016 or early 2017 production start. All of which is to say that Beverly Hills Cop 4 seems as though it may actually see the light of day in 2017.
Suppose there’s no way to tell if this means we’ll actually see Eddie Murphy return to the stage at some point in the next few years. But a man can hope, can’t he? Cue: