Eddie Murphy Says He Won’t Make BEVERLY HILLS COP 4 if the Script Is “Sh*tty”

     January 14, 2015

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The last we’d heard, Beverly Hills Cop 4 was supposed to take place in Detroit during the “warmest winter on record.  I know because I thought it was necessary to write an oddly wheel-spinning update on the matter, pontificating on the nature of winter and the place it might hold in whatever script Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) were writing at the time.  Well, it turns out Eddie Murphy isn’t really on a huge time crunch to get this done and they may – may – be going back to the drawing board on whatever story they are cooking up.

I’m qualifying this because it’s pretty impossible to get an accurate representation of a project’s development status from a single quote, but Murphy really wants to get the script right and he says he doesn’t care how much money they throw at him to make a bad one.   We’re pretty sure Brett Ratner is still attached to direct, but nothing else seems to be set in stone, including the March 25th, 2016 release date.  Hit the jump for Murphy’s comments on the Beverly Hills Cop 4 script.

Murphy told Rolling Stone:

“They’re still trying to get that script right. I’m not doing a Beverly Hills Cop unless they have a really incredible script. I’ve read a couple things that look like they can make some paper. But I’m not doing a shitty movie just to make some paper. The shit got to be right.”

First of all, I don’t think this necessarily says anything bad about Nemec and Applebaum.  I loved Ghost Protocol and they could still very well be onboard to write whatever version of Beverly Hills Cop 4 that may currently be in the pipeline.  Too often people infer a lack of quality and underestimate just how many people have to sign off on a one of these tentpoles.  Rather, I think the takeaway should be more positive.  We’re not getting a BH4 until Murphy thinks it’s great.  That’s good.  Does Murphy still know a great script when he sees one?  Let’s hope!

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