Look out for that banana in the tail pipe, because Axel Foley may be coming to a TV screen near you. Except this time around it won’t be Axel you have to worry about, but his son. At least, if franchise star Eddie Murphy and “The Shield” creator Shawn Ryan have anything to say about it.
Ryan, Murphy and Sony Pictures Television have teamed up to develop a TV series based on the hit action/comedy “Beverly Hills Cop” movie franchise, which curiously enough, does not actually star a Beverly Hills cop. In the franchise, Murphy played wisecracking Detroit cop Axel Foley, who shows up in sunny Beverly Hills after a friend of his is shot dead. Later installments had him returning to the city for various reasons. The last film in the series, “Beverly Hills Cop 3”, came out in 1994.
Apparently Murphy has been interested in doing this for some time, and even told Rolling Stone magazine his idea for the series last year:
“I’d do the pilot, show up here and there,” he told the magazine. Murphy was also very specific about the idea he had for reviving Axel. It would be a series “starring Axel Foley’s son, and Axel is the chief of police now in Detroit.”
I could see that, actually. An older Axel, in charge of the Detroit precinct, with his son following in dad’s footsteps. But how will they fit in the whole Beverly Hills Cop angle? I mean, that’s still in the title, after all.
The most interesting tidbit about this is that Shawn Ryan is co-producing/developing the show. Ryan has done plenty post-“The Shield”, his gritty, “there is no good guy” cop show on the FX network. He’s since mellowed out since with a pair of, I guess you can say, more routine cop shows, “The Chicago Code” and “Lie to Me”, including a long stint on “The Unit”. Ryan currently has the military thriller “The Last Resort” gearing up at ABC.
Anyways, Axel coming back is fine, but for a “Beverly Hills Cop” TV show to be fully legit, Billy Rosewood has to at least make an appearance. That goes without saying, right?
For those of you too young to remember…
Via : Vulture