Frankly, I’m just surprised that there hasn’t already been a Beverly Hills Cop television series.
In a TV climate already saturated with shows from the 70s, 80s, and even the 90s, the motto seems to be, “the more, the merrier.” Over the past few years, we’ve had sequels and reboots of Dallas, Hawaii Five-O, Charlie’s Angels, 90210, The Firm and many others. Now, CBS has obtained the rights for a television sequel to the 80s hit Beverly Hills Cop, set to be produced by Eddie Murphy and Shawn Ryan (The Shield, Lie to Me).
With a pilot presentation in the works, the show has been described as “a continuation of the iconic Beverly Hills Cop universe.” It revolves around Aaron Foley, the son of Axel Foley (Murphy), who is working as a cop in Beverly Hills. He’s also trying to live up to his father, whose escapades were apparently the stuff of legend down at the precinct. Eddie Murphy will appear in the pilot and is expected to recur in the series if the show is picked up.
While I do sometimes grow weary of the lack of creativity in Hollywood, I think this show could stand a good chance of succeeding. It all hinges on how they cast as Aaron Foley, though.
Beverly Hills Cop is so well-loved because of the amount of charisma Eddie Murphy brought to his role. Without that, this project could easily end up being just another generic cop show.
What do you think? Is this a television show that you’re looking forward to? Or is Beverly Hills Cop better left untouched?