Let the synthesizers: After nearly 30 years, Eddie Murphy's Axel Foley will return to the groove with Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F set to hit Netflix next summer.
The long-awaited fourth installment of the hit crime comedy franchise received its first teaser today. It doesn't reveal anything in terms of plot, but there are shootouts, car chases, wanton destruction, and scenes like a Beverly Hills mom making her son take pictures of influencers and Murphy joking about getting arrested not once, but twice.
As for the actual story, it revolves around Axel and his daughter, Jane, played by Taylour Paige. After Jane's life is threatened, a synopsis says, she and Axel set out to uncover a dangerous conspiracy, teaming up with an old friend, Billy Rosewood (played by Judge Reinhold) and John Taggart (John Ashton), as well as the new partner Bobby. Abbott, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F, directed by Mark Molloy, will finally arrive after years of false starts. A fourth film was first announced in the 1990s but never materialized; In the mid-2010s, a film was set to be shot in Michigan, but it never got off the ground. At one point it was supposed to be a TV show, with Murphy telling Rolling Stone in 2011, “What am I trying to do with Beverly Hills Police Officer is now producing a TV show starring Axel Foley's son, and Axel is the police chief now in Detroit. I would do the pilot, appear here and there. None of the film's scripts were right; I was trying to force that premise. If you have to force something, you shouldn't be doing it. It was always a repeat of the old thing. It was always wrong.”
The last Beverly Hills Police Officer the film was from 1994 Beverly Hills Cop III, directed by John Landis. The hit series debuted in 1984 with Martin Brest's Beverly Hills police officer, and received a sequel, directed by Tony Scott, in 1987.
After only taking on scattered roles during the 2010s, Murphy has remained relatively busy in the 2020s thus far. In 2021, he abandoned the long-awaited Coming to America sequel, while this year he starred in Kenya Barris' romantic comedy, You peopleas well as the Christmas comedy, Candy Cane Clue. At the beginning of this year it was also reported that he was close to starring as Inspector Clouseau in a new pink Panther restart.