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'Beverly Hills Cop' TV Show in Talks, Eddie Murphy to Appear

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By Emma Koonse, Christian Post Reporter
August 29, 2012|2:22 pm

The hit film of 1984 "Beverly Hills Cop" may have earned itself a spot on prime time television as a series this week.

Eddie Murphy, who starred in all four "Beverly Hills Cop" films, teamed up with the director of "The Shield" Shawn Ryan to develop a television series based on the movie.

The duo will be working with Sony Pictures Television, and Murphy will reprise his role as Axel Foley for the pilot, Vulture reported.

Murphy, 51, may reappear throughout the series, but he will also serve as executive producer.

There are no details about the network pitch, and since Murphy first revealed the project over four years ago, no new concepts have been revealed.

While the television series seems to have received a green light, Murphy admitted that plans for another "Beverly Hills Cop" movie had fallen through due to script problems. He did, however, hint at a television series.

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"What I'm trying to do now is produce a TV show starring Axel Foley's son," explained Murphy speaking to Rolling Stone magazine last year.

"Axel is the chief of police now in Detroit … I'd do the pilot, show up here and there."

The original police comedy was hugely popular and starred Judge Reinhold and John Ashton in addition to Murphy.

Murphy portrayed the freewheeling Detroit police officer pursuing a murder investigation in the film who finds himself dealing with a very different culture in Beverly Hills, Calif.

"Beverly Hills Cop II" hit theaters in 1987, and the third installment arrived in 1994.

The television adaptation of the film will not be Murphy's first time on the small screen. The Oscar-nominated actor got his start as a regular cast member on "Saturday Night Live" and was with the show from 1980 to 1984.

Also, the actor has worked as an executive producer on the Emmy-nominated series "The PJs."

 

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