Eddie Murphy's "Beverly Hills Cop" TV project has been picked up, reports say.
The 51-year-old actor had recently pitched networks an idea for a show seen as a sequel and spin-off of the three hit films in the franchise, which were released between 1984 and 1994 and featured him as wise-cracking Detroit detective Axel Foley. CBS recently ordered a pilot for the project, The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline said on September 4.
Network reps had no immediate comment. Murphy had talked about the idea in a Rolling Stone interview last year, saying that plans to make a fourth "Beverly Hills Cop" film were halted and that he was instead trying to produce a TV show about Foley's son.
The actor will reprise his movie role in the new pilot and he and Shawn Ryan, creator of the show "The Shield" and the new ABC series "Last Resort," will serve as executive producers, The Hollywood Reporter said. It also confirmed a previous report that said the project will indeed center on the younger Foley, who is himself a Beverly Hills policeman who wants to escape his legendary's father's shadow.
If the pilot airs and features Murphy, it would mark Murphy's first television acting appearance since he left "Saturday Night Live" in 1984 to begin what has become a successful movie career. Also, if more episodes of the "Beverly Hills Cop" TV project are ordered, it is possible that Murphy will also appear in them, The Hollywood Reporter added.
After the actor left "Saturday Night Live," he went on to star in one of the most iconic comedy films of all time, "Coming To America," with Arsenio Hall, and also appeared in film franchises such as "Doctor Dolittle" and "The Nutty Professor" and also starred in "Dreamgirls."
He also provides the voice of Donkey in the "Shrek" movies and voiced characters on shows such a "The PJs" and "Father of the Pride." Several of his most recent movies, "Meet Dave," "Imagine That" and "A Thousand Words" tanked at the box office, although last year's "Tower Heist" made $152 million worldwide.
The three "Beverly Hills Cop" action films had made a total of $735 million worldwide. The second was directed by "Top Gun" director Tony Scott, who died last month.