Eddie Murphy

By Ron Wynn 

NASHVILLE, TN — It’s been in the works for over six years, but it seems that finally “Beverly Hills Cop 4” will be filmed. The Hollywood Reporter has said that the much anticipated latest chapter in a franchise that dates back to the mid-80s has found a director. Mark Molloy will helm the new chapter. It’s the result of a one-time licensing deal between Netflix and Paramount. Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah were on board to direct the long-awaited fourth installment of the series, but Molloy will replace them after the duo moved to direct Warner Bros. “’Batgirl.”

Eddie Murphy returns to his famous role of officer Axel Foley. He made his initial appearance as Foley in the 1984 classic as a fish out of water Detroit police officer who goes to Beverly Hills to solve his best friend’s murder. Murphy later starred in the hit 1987 sequel and the poorly received 1994 film.

The film was supposed to be done in 2016, but that year Paramount took “Beverly Hills Cop 4” off its release schedule. At the time, the studio had Jerry Bruckheimer set to produce it, which was to bring Murphy back to star as Foley. “Beverly Hills Cop 4” is still in development, and no further details on the sequel are available. Deadline Hollywood was first to report on Molloy being hired to direct  “Beverly Hills Cop 4.”