I am fairly convinced there are only three people in the world that think another Beverly Hills Cop is a good idea. Eddie Murphy, Eddie Murphy's accountant, and Brett Ratner. The spectacular El Chavo at Latino Review have an insiders look at the new script "Beverly Hills Cop 2009" that is floating around. The best part is the movie has a planned 2010 release date.
It's been 15 years since Axel Foley was last in Beverly Hills, and screenwriters Michael Brandt and Derek Haas needed a good reason to bring him back. That reason comes just a couple of pages into the latest script for Beverly Hills Cop IV (which calls itself Beverly Hills Cop 2009) - Judge Reinhold's Billy Rosewood takes a leap out the 20th story of the Los Angeles Police HQ. When Axel hears that his former partner and best buddy became sidewalk salad he knows it wasn't a suicide and he flies to Beverly Hills to get all the facts for himself.
I am pretty sure that is just a combination of the reasons why Axl comes to LA from parts one,two, and three, while getting rid of one of the best characters from the originals. Let's hear more:
Unfortunately, a lot of the shit in the middle is way boring. The whole problem with another Beverly Hills Cop movie is that the basic idea that Axel Foley is this rough and tumble Detroit cop who is a fish out water in upscale Beverly Hills is played out. He's done a lot of time in Beverly Hills. In this movie they mention that they teach his cases at the police academy and that a restaurant had an Axel Foley sandwich on the menu! (It's been renamed the Timbaland) Axel Foley knows his way around LA better than his new partner on the case who was born there.
Good point Mr Chavo, too bad the screenwriters couldn't think of that when this is their job. Would it really be ridiculous at this point to just have Axl live in LA, it's not like he talks about how much he loves Detroit throughout the first three. That makes too much sense, let's move on.
That new partner is Goodwin, a fat rookie with low self-esteem who has a crush on a lady cop in the facial recognition department. When he's not solving the mystery of who tossed Billy out the window, Axel is playing matchmaker with these two. He's also teaching Goodwin how to be a better cop. It's like the Axel Foley Finishing School.
Are we sure Ratner isn't trying to become an auteur? That part sounds like it was written for him. Some other highlights:
Axl has no funny lines
Axl doesn't do anything cool
Axl swears every three words
It's like a Schwarzanegger script
Whoa! Where do I sign up for early tickets. This sounds so good! I'm being so sarcastic! What are your thoughts on no My Name is Judge and the rest of this awful idea?