Time flies when you’re fighting crime! It’s hard to believe it’s been 35 years since the original Beverly Hills Cop debuted on the big screen in 1984, cementing Eddie Murphy as one of our favorite movie police officers in cinema history.
The Martin Brest-directed flick — which is equal parts action and comedy — was written by Daniel Petrie Jr. and, along with Eddie, 58, starred the likes of Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Ronny Cox, Lisa Eilbacher and others. It was about a Detroit cop named Alex Foley (Eddie) who knows how to handle himself on the streets but doesn’t exactly play by the rules — which is a problem when he ends up in Beverly Hills trying to solve the murder of his best friend.
To say the film caught on would be a massive understatement. Not only did it catapult Eddie to superstardom, but it also snagged two Golden Globe and one Academy Award nominations and won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Motion Picture. According to Box Office Mojo, Beverly Hills Cop even became the No. 3 money-maker for the year.
From this success, there were two sequels — Beverly Hills Cop II in 1987 and Beverly Hills Cop III in 1994 — with another one planned but never coming to fruition. Now, according to Eddie, that has changed and Beverly Hills Cop IV is a go!
“Yeah that’s what we’re doing after Coming to America 2,” the Dolemite Is My Name star told Collider, referring to another of the movies he is best known for returning too. “We’re doing Beverly Hills Cop and then the plan is to get back on stage and do stand-up. That’s what I’ll be doing mostly is stand-up. These movies and Saturday Night Live it’s kind of like…I’m looking at it as a bookend. If I decided I wanted to stay on the couch forever, I ended it on a funny note.”
Scroll down to see what the cast of Beverly Hills Cop is up to these days to get ready for the next installment!
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