Saturday, September 1, 2012

Eddie Murphy is in the small screen adaptation of "Beverly Hills Cop"

"Beverly Hills Cop," a new TV show Eddie Murphy is currently working on. This isn't the first we've heard about the planned TV show, but it is the first time the series has seemed like it could actually become a reality. Vulture has learned that Murphy has teamed up with "The Shield" creator Shawn Ryan to develop the "Beverly Hills Cop" series pitch, and that the duo have partnered with Sony Pictures Television to adapt the story to the small screen. Murphy would act as executive producer and also play an on-camera role. That team started pitching the "hour-long crime procedural" to broadcast networks yesterday.

“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,” he said. “I’d do the pilot, show up here and there. 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.”

The show, which is being called a “buddy cop” affair, will be an hour long, and it may fare better on a network that can get away with a bit of raciness. Murphy is working with “The Shield” creator Shawn Ryan on coming up with a script, and although rehashed movies are a dime a dozen, this is one that could actually work well if it’s done right. As long as they keep the theme song, I think we’re good.