When the first Beverly Hills Cop was originally planned, it was meant to be a straight-on action film, starring Sylvester Stallone as Axel Foley. Plans changed and the film evolved into a comedy starring Eddie Murphy as Foley. The film was a massive success, becoming one of the top-10 money-makers of all time when it was released in 1984, and Eddie Murphy became an A-List star. He made a popular sequel in 1987 and a not-so-popular third film in 1994.
Since then, there has been occasional talk of sequel. The project would sporadically be revived, only to fade again. The franchise was meant to be revitalized on television when a pilot was planned last year, about the son of Axel Foley, with Eddie Murphy in a recurring role. CBS passed on the pilot and it seemed that Beverly Hills Cop was dead in the water.
Now, however, Paramount Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer films have finally jump-started the franchise, and announced a released date for March 25th, 2016. Eddie Murphy is officially back on board as the wily, rule-breaking Axel Foley. The screenplay is being penned by Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec, co-writers of Misson: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot. Brett Ratner (X-Men: Last Stand, the Rush Hour films, Tower Heist) will direct.