Talks were already in place between Eddie Murphy and Netflix about a Beverly Hills Cop sequel, but Deadline reports that it’s now a reality, with production on the sequel underway.
Mark Molloy is directing, and the film, now titled Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley, has added two big names to its cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Taylour Paige.
It’s unclear right now who the two will play, as plot details are under wraps. All we really know is that Murphy is also producing the film alongside Jerry Bruckheimer and Chad Oman, and that Will Beall has written the script.
The franchise moved from Paramount to Netflix after a deal in the winter of 2019, and follows the adventures of Detroit cop Foley, who first appeared in the 1984 smash hit that followed him to Beverly Hills to solve the murder of a friend. The film became a huge hits and solidified Murphy’s movie-star status. It was followed by two sequels in 1987 and 1994.
Murphy has been making a comeback of sorts over the last few years, starring in the well-liked Dolemite Is My Name (also for Netflix) and Amazon sequel Coming 2 America. Everyone involved will be hoping for a better reception from this belated sequel.
Gordon-Levitt has made his own mini-comeback of sorts after deliberately taking a few years away from the spotlight. This year he starred in Showtime limited series Super Pumped, playing disgraced Uber founder Travis Kalanick, and will soon be seen (or heard) in Disney’s Pinocchio remake as the voice of Jiminy Cricket. He also recently wrapped filming on drama Providence.
Paige broke out as the star of A24 true story Zola. She’s since appeared in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and sports drama Boogie. She’s had a busy 2022, having already appeared in Lena Dunham‘s Sharp Stick and comedy Mack & Rita, with comedy Brothers and superhero comedy horror The Toxic Avenger still to come.
There’s no word yet on when Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley will be ready to go for Netflix, but they could really do with a cultural and critical hit.