Beverly Hills Cop 4: Plot, Cast, and Everything Else We Know

The classic Beverly Hills Cop trilogy is getting a long-awaited sequel in Beverly Hills Cop 4. Ever since the third movie was released, this sequel has been teased many times but, in the end, has been canceled over and over again. Even with the time that has passed since the last movie, the series was popular enough upon its release that Paramount was not ready to give up on its sequel. Trilogy star Eddie Murphy has claimed he wouldn’t do the movie until the script was right, which was the biggest issue this production has had.

Paramount Pictures made a deal with Netflix to produce the movie, and things are looking up for the sequel with new directors and a new screenwriter. Not only is Murphy on board with the current progress of the new script, but the studio is already scheduling a two-month shoot in California. Though there is no release date or plot announced for the movie yet, there are other details that have been revealed.


*Unfortunately, filming and script troubles have plagued the movie’s production. As the town of Beverly Hills has become increasingly involved, city officials have mandated they approve the script before they give the franchise permission to film. Naturally, this has created a difficult dialogue between production and the city, and recent political attention on police has done nothing to help the situation. The film’s production has become stalled and increasingly political as it continues to attempt to move forward.

Here’s a look at what’s in the works.

Updated July 2022 by Ted Bajer: If you love the Beverly Hills Cop franchise, you’ll be happy to know we’ve updated this article with additional info surrounding the upcoming sequel, including its new director.

Beverly Hills Cop 4: The Plot

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The Beverly Hills Cop franchise follows Axel Foley, a brash Detroit cop who finds himself in the posh city of Beverly Hills, California, to investigate crimes. Foley’s methods always help solve the case by going about things in his own unorthodox way. Although no plot details have been released for Beverly Hills Cop 4, we can likely expect the film to follow the same formula.

Beverly Hills Cop 4: Cast & Crew

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So far, it is confirmed that Eddie Murphy will return to reprise his role as Axel Foley. As the franchise star, it’s hard to make a sequel without him. However, nothing else has been announced regarding the cast. It’s unclear whether some reoccurring characters, such as Detective Sergeant William ‘Billy’ Rosewood (Judge Reinhold) or Detective Sergeant John Taggart (John Ashton), will return. Considering how long it’s been since the last movie’s release, it’s inevitable that new characters and newer actors will be introduced.

According to Deadline, Mark Molloy recently signed on to direct the project, replacing Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, who had signed on in 2016. The duo is known for their action movies, directing the 2020 success Bad Boys For Life. Beverly Hills Cop 4 will mark Molloy’s first feature film for a major studio, as the rising star has gained acclaim on the commercial circuit, specifically with Apple spots. *Molloy is joined by screenwriters Josh Appelbaum, Will Beall, and Andre Nemec.

Development: From a TV Series to Netflix

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Netflix and Paramount Pictures made the Beverly Hills Cop deal in 2019 — just before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. The pandemic put a damper on plans, delaying any possible filming in the same way that everything else in the industry was affected. Because of this, there are few details released of the current attempt at the movie. Based on the other attempts, though, there are some things they probably won’t try again and can be cleared out of the way for the new sequel.

Beverly Hills Cop 4 was first announced shortly after the third movie’s release, originally planned to be released in the mid-90s, but plans fell through. It was announced in 2006 but was again shelved when they decided to make a TV series spin-off. The TV series was going to focus on Axel’s son Arron. Close to the release of that, Paramount announced they were going to give the movie another try. However, even after filming the pilot episode, CBS passed on the series, and the show never aired. Eddie Murphy didn’t want to keep bringing his character back for it, and the studio didn’t want to do it without him, so it fell apart.

Paramount did try and rerelease the movie in 2016, going so far as to have a release date for late March. They had contracts with the city of Detroit to film, but it was pulled from release due to concerns with the script. Eddie Murphy wouldn’t shoot the movie unless the script was right, which clearly wasn’t even after several rewrites. Still, just two months after the supposed March release was when Paramount hired the current directors, and now with Netflix’s deal, they finally seem to be headed in the right direction.

Not only is Netflix on board to film and release Beverly Hills Cop 4, but the contract with Paramount offers a possible fifth movie if this one is well-received. All eyes should be on Netflix now as they hopefully solve the issues Paramount could never figure out. Maybe the buddy-cop classic can finally ascend from development hell.

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However, difficulties have arisen with development. After spending a long time in limbo, waiting for Eddie Murphy to agree to a good script, now it seems the movie has another body to impress: the city of Beverly Hills. According to Patch, Beverly Hill Cop 4 will have to work through a maze of ifs, ands, and buts to make their movie.

Officials in Beverly Hills noted that their town is not the same as it was in the ’80s. And despite the city’s star-studded reputation, there are big concerns about how the Beverly Hills police force will be portrayed in the movie. As of June, no script has been approved, and very little progress has been made in production.

Release Date

No projected release date has been announced at this time.