So it’s official. After more than a year of speculation, a series reboot of Beverly Hills Cop is finally moving forward and has been given a theatrical release date of March 25, 2016. The film will feature original star Eddie Murphy in his leading role and will be directed by Brett Ratner (Rush Hour, Red Dragon) from a screenplay by Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec. A reboot for the Beverly Hills Cop franchise has been planned for several years now, and Paramount will finally release the film with Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean, National Treasure) in the producer’s chair, but there is no word yet on how the plot will play out, especially with Murphy returning to reprise his role of Axel Foley.
Filmmaker Warren Beatty, known for both his writing and acting talents, is finally getting his biopic on Howard Hughes underway after a 20 year struggle to get production going. The project has received financial backing from both Ron Burkle and Steve Bing, and has Windsor Media and New Regency also helping with production. Beatty is set to direct the film and also star as aviator and filmmaker Howard Hughes, who will apparently be a supporting character rather than a lead role, and the plot will instead focus on a story following Hughes’ assistant. Beatty started out in Hollywood as an actor in the 1960s and then moved into writing and directing in the mid-70s. He is also no stranger to starring and directing simultaneously. Heaven Can Wait (1978), Dick Tracy (1990), and Bulworth (1998) are all directing projects that Beatty also starred in while directing. Director Brett Ratner (Rush Hour, Red Dragon) is also lending a hand with production under RatPac Entertainment.
Jerry Bruckheimer has famously spent the last decade working for Walt Disney Pictures. His breakthrough film with Disney, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, was an instant classic when it was released in 2003, and brought Johnny Depp into a brand new era in his career after appearing in films like Blow and From Hell (both released in 2001), Chocolat (2000) and Sleepy Hollow (1999). Depp had yet to break into the family-friendly movie genre, but all that changed when he agreed to play pirate for director Gore Verbinski on Bruckheimer’s new project. Since then both Depp and Bruckheimer have experienced great success at Disney, but all that changed when they decided to push their limits and make a fourth Pirates of the Caribbean, and then thought it would be a good idea to take Depp’s pirate character and dress him up as Tonto for a remake of The Lone Ranger, which completely bombed at the box office this summer. Since the failure that was The Lone Ranger, Depp has agreed to make a fifth Pirates movie, but Bruckheimer’s employment with the production company has taken a turn for the worse, and the producer will no longer be taking on any future projects with Walt Disney Pictures.
This is not necessarily bad news for the producer, however, as Paramount Pictures has decided to draft a new contract with their old production partner, beginning with sequels to some of Bruckheimer’s most early successes: Top Gun (1986) and Beverly Hills Cop (1984). As of now, Eddie Murphy will be brought back to his original character in what may be a reboot of the series and which will be directed by Brett Ratner, but there are no official reports concerning the plot line. Top Gun is also on its way to a sequel with Tom Cruise, but a director for this film is yet to be determined, especially since original director Tony Scott committed suicide last year. While this is good news for Bruckheimer, fans of these Hollywood gems may be less enthused about further installments, especially with a thirty year gap for both and one of which already has several sequels. I guess I shouldn’t be so surprised to hear this. Bruckheimer could try surprising us with some fresh material instead of following the rest of Hollywood in their movie revival scheme, but if his main focus is keeping his job he may have to stay on the bandwagon for now. We’ll keep you posted.