No “Beverly Hills Cop 4″ For Eddie Murphy, Might Return To TV and Stand-Up
As a fan of "Beverly Hills Cop" and its first sequel, I'm a little dissapointed to hear the Murphy will not reprise his role as Axel Foley in "Beverly Hills Cop 4". After the amazingly terrible "Beverly Hills Cop 3", a film that Murphy himself admits was terrible, I wanted to see another film to make up for the previous failure. In an interview with "Rolling Stone" magazine, Murphy revealed he has a good reason for not doing the film,
"None of the movie scripts were right; it was trying to force the premise. If you have to force something, you shouldn't be doing it. It was always a rehash of the old thing. It was always wrong."
Some of the rumoured premises for the next film included the apparent suicide of Judge Reinhold's character Billy Rosewood, with Eddie Murphy's Axel Foley and John Ashton as Rosewood's old partner John Taggart pairing up to find the truth behind Rosewood's death. Instead of another film, Murphy is open to the idea of a television adaptation,
"What I'm trying to do now is produce a TV show starring Axel Foley's son, and Axel is the chief of police now in Detroit, I'd do the pilot, show up here and there."
The once star of a string of successful rated R comedies, Murphy has made a reputation over the past few years of doing more family-friendly films like the "Shrek" series and "Dr. Dolittle" films. But that is something else that Murphy has decided to start pulling away from.
"There's really no blueprint, but I'm trying to do some edgy stuff. And I only want to do what I really want to do, otherwise I'm content to sit here and play my guitar all day. I always tell people now that I'm a semiretired gentleman of leisure, and occasionally I'll go do some work to break the boredom up."
Apart from movies, television, and his upcoming hosting job for the Oscars, Murphy is also toying with the idea of returning to his roots in stand-up comedy.
"If I ever get back onstage, I'm going to have a really great show for you all. An hour and a half of stand-up and about 40 minutes of my sh-tty band. But I haven't done it since I was 27, so why f--k with it? But that's just weighing both sides. It comes up too much for me to not do it again. It's like, when it hits me, I'll do it, eventually."
Now here's hoping Murphy will make his return as a host of SNL. The return of "Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood" would make me sit through all the sub-par SNL sketches to see. Murphy's full interview will be in the new issue of "Rolling Stone" magazine due out on Friday.