I was quite a youngster at the time (and probably too young too actually be watching them), but I enjoyed the hey-day of the cop action comedies that saw the likes of Lethal Weapon and Beverly Hills Cop grace our screens. The latter especially, not only launched the career of Eddie Murphy and is the core reason we have it to blame for some of the terrible decisions he has made since, but was also one of the stand out franchises of this generation. The films had everything you would typically expect to see from this genre, a wise-cracking underdog for the lead character and loads of typical 80s bullets and explosions with almost no consequences to the actions of the mayhem caused – which made it absolutely fun to watch.
The good news is, that they are also thinking of bringing it back, but unlike many of the typical reboots going around, they want it to be a proper sequel and have Eddie Murphy back as the star. I think that is a great idea, as love him or hate him, there is only one Eddie Murphy and rebooting it with another person in the lead would just not feel right. We have reported news of this quite a while back, but it looks like it is definitely happening now.
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Eddie Murphy have been working on the film for a while now and have a script in place by Josh Appelbaum & Andre Nemec that will take the lead character Axel Foley back to his roots in Detroit and explore both his current predicament and past from there. So essentially, it will be more of a Detroit Cop movie, but at least we can expect the same Axel Foley we all love. And not only do they have a script in place, but they’ve also now found themselves directors for the project with Black’s Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah set to step into the directors chair for the sequel.
For those looking at those directors’ names and wondering who these guys are, they made quite a name for themselves with the success of their film Black. The film was a Romeo & Juliet type story about a 15-year-old girl in a black gang in Brussels who must choose between loyalty and love when she falls for a Moroccan boy from a rival gang. While I’ve never seen the film itself, it won a lot of critical praise and showed that the directors are capable of bigger things – and with a budget which I’m sure will be quite hefty for this sequel, they certainly are on to bigger things.
There is no set release date for the film, but Deadline who broken this news, reports that they are looking to start pre—production of the film later this year or early 2017 – so safe to expect that we are likely to only see it come 2018.
Are you excited to see Axel Foley in a film again or do you think they should’ve just left the franchise at number 3?
Last Updated: June 15, 2016