Well, this isn’t entirely surprising. Last year, Paramount announced a formal release date for Beverly Hills Cop 4, the first new installment in the franchise since 1994's Beverly Hills Cop 3. But then Eddie Murphy got to talking about it, and talking about it some more — most notably with Rolling Stone back in January, when he said he wasn’t doing the sequel…not without a good script, anyway. And Paramount apparently agrees, as they’ve taken Beverly Hills Cop 4 off their release schedule.
SNL episodes are hard, often frenzied work, so you can imagine the sort of time and dedication and stress that went into the SNL 40 show, which featured new and former cast members along with several guest stars. One of the highlights of the three and a half hour event was the return of “Celebrity Jeopardy!” with Norm MacDonald, Will Ferrell and Darrell Hammond reprising their iconic sketch roles alongside fellow SNL stars, including Kenan Thompson doing a hilarious (and timely) Bill Cosby impression. But according to MacDonald, Thompson wasn’t originally supposed to be in the sketch: Eddie Murphy was.
Merciful Zeus, if you thought Eddie Murphy returning to ‘SNL’ after 31 years for the 40th anniversary special on February 15 was big enough, wait until you get a load of the full roster. Rivaling turnout for the Emmys and Oscars combined, the upcoming ‘SNL’ reunion will feature everyone from legendary alumni like Bill Murray, Tina Fey and Chevy Chase, to favorite hosts like Alec Baldwin, and even Taylor Swift, why not!
NBC has remained curiously quiet on ‘SNL’’s three-hour 40th Anniversary special on February 15, and while cameos galore are expected, our first major homecoming may have arrived. Following a 31-year absence, Eddie Murphy will reportedly return to ‘SNL’ to ring in the NBC sketch comedy legend’s 40th anniversary.
Delayed sequels have become a fun trend, like the long-gestating ‘Bill and Ted’ sequel, or the recently released ‘Dumb and Dumber To.’ A couple of years ago we learned about a rather curious sequel: ‘Triplets,’ the follow-up to the 1988 comedy ‘Twins,’ which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito as unlikely twin brothers. It’s been a while since we’ve heard any news about the project, but writer Josh Gad has delivered a somewhat promising update.
'Beverly Hills Cop 4' seemed like one of those things that was fun to think about -- like 'Dredd 2' -- but would probably never happen. While rumors of it moving forward have been circulating the web for some time, Paramount has revealed that, yes, this will officially happen and has been given a release date for 2016.
Having found critical success with 'Precious' and box office success with 'The Butler,' director Lee Daniels is preparing to use his newfound clout to tackle a story that's been spinning its wheels in Hollywood for quite some time: the life story of controversial comedian Richard Pryor.
When the 'Beverly Hills Cop' TV show failed to get off the ground, word was that Paramount might instead go with a new film installment of the franchise (which had been rumored for a while, with Brett Ratner supposedly set to direct it). The latest rumblings suggest a fourth film might happen, with Eddie Murphy reuniting with producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who was behind the first two movies.
A few months ago, CBS decided to pass on the 'Beverly Hills Cop' television series, which would have seen Brandon T. Jackson ('Percy Jackson') police the wealthy side of Hollywood as Axel Foley's son. And that, for lack of a better phrase, appeared to be that. However, a recent statement from series producer Shawn Ryan suggests that fans of the iconic Eddie Murphy comedy franchise may have something to look forward to.
Well, this is certainly not an article we expected to be writing. It appears among the dozens of cancellations and renewals emerging today from NBC, CBS and ABC, one very promising pilot has slipped through the cracks. CBS will not move forward with the Eddie Murphy-produced 'Beverly Hills Cop' TV series, but will another network pick up their loss?