I’m not going to lie to you: Beverly Hills Cop 3 is one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen.
I saw it in the theater, but thankfully it was free, because I was working there at the time. Like everyone else who grew up in the 80s, I loved Eddie Murphy and the first two Beverly Hills Cop movies, and I was excited for the third. I was wrong to be excited.
I don’t remember much of it (cut me some slack, the first and only time I saw it was in the summer of 1994!), but I remember it was amateurish and not funny and just plain terrible. Since then Murphy has mostly focused on kids movies, give or take Bowfinger and Dreamgirls, and the edgy, virtuosic stand-up he’d once been receded into the rearview with a string of Pluto Nashes and Norbits.
Rumors are afoot that the Murphy we knew and loved back in the day was resurfacing. He’s hosting Saturday Night Live this winter, he’s pledged a return to stand-up comedy, and his Netflix movie about Rudy Ray Moore’s Dolemite is entertaining, funny, and has been well-received. In another sign that Murphy is going back to his roots, Coming To America 2 is on its way. This comeback may actually stick! Unless Beverly Hills Cop 4 sucks too.
That’s right, Murphy is going back to the scene of the cinematic crime and resurrecting Axel Foley one more time, this time for his new friends at Netflix.
“Yeah, that’s what we’re doing after Coming to America, we’re doing Beverly Hills Cop and then, then the plan is to get back on stage and do stand up and then kind of that’s what I’ll be doing mostly is stand up and Beverly Hills Cop,” Murphy told Collider.
The idea has been around for a while. They even tried to reboot the series with a TV show a few years ago, but that never made it to air. Netflix has made it easier for movies like this to find a home, and to remain insulated from the fallout from a potential bomb, since they don’t release their numbers and thus don’t need to fear the shame of performing like Dr. Sleep or Tron some other sequel to a beloved movie from our childhoods.
There are no details at this time, other than the fact that Jerry Bruckheimer is coming back to produce the series he helped launch, and that there’s an option for a sequel.
Here’s hoping it’s good enough to get one!