According to The Hollywood Reporter, Murphy is planning to star in several episodes of the show that is currently being pitched, and will also Executive Produce. As we stated on Friday, it looks like the studio wants to go younger.
Here is the article;
Axel Foley could be coming to the small screen.
As first reported by Vulture, the pitch is being taken to broadcast networks Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday.
Murphy, who starred in the three films as a crafty Detroit detective working in Beverly Hills, is attached to have an on-screen role in the spinoff. Murphy and Ryan would executive produce the project, which is described as an hourlong crime procedural with comedic elements. Murphy would appear in the pilot and a few episodes throughout the first season, according to Vulture.
Speaking to Rolling Stone in November, Murphy confirmed that there wouldn’t be a fourth movie in the franchise and that he was interested in telling a different story about his former alter ego.
“What I’m trying to do with Beverly Hills Cop 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. None of the movie scripts were right; it was trying to force this 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,” he said at the time.
It was unclear if the SPT-Murphy-Ryan pitch being shopped this week was similar to Murphy’s November idea.
The three films — released in 1984, 1987 and 1994 — have collected more than $1.5 billion in worldwide box office grosses.