August 28, 2012 5:23pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Eddie Murphy, Shawn Ryan Shopping 'Beverly Hills Cop' TV Series
Axel Foley could be coming to the small screen.
Sony Pictures Television, The Last Resort EP Shawn Ryan and Eddie Murphy are shopping a small-screen version of Paramount's Beverly Hills Cop, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
As first reported by Vulture, the pitch is being taken to broadcast networks Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday.
Murphy, who starred in the three films as a crafty Detroit detective working in Beverly Hills, is attached to have an onscreen role in the spinoff. Murphy and Ryan would executive produce the project, which is described as an hourlong crime procedural with comedic elements. Murphy would appear in the pilot and a few episodes throughout the first season, according to Vulture.
Speaking to Rolling Stone in November, Murphy confirmed that there wouldn't be a fourth movie in the franchise and that he was interested in telling a different story about his former alter ego.
"What I'm trying to do with Beverly Hills Cop now is produce a TV show starring Axel Foley's son, and Axel is the chief of police now in Detroit," he said at the time. "I'd do the pilot, show up here and there. None of the movie scripts were right; it was trying to force this 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."
It was unclear if the SPT-Murphy-Ryan pitch being shopped this week was similar to the idea Murphy discussed in November.
The three films -- released in 1984, 1987 and 1994 -- have collected more than $1.5 billion at the worldwide box office.