A day after pushing Monster Trucks off of its 2015 release schedule, Paramount Pictures is now pushing Beverly Hills Cop out of 2016 and will remain unset for the time being. In addition, the studio dropped their Untitled Bad Robot sci-fi movie from J.J. Abrams into a March 11, 2016 date. That date is one week before Lionsgate’s The Divergent Series: Allegiant, Part 1 is slated to bow. Yesterday Paramount announced that it moved Monster Trucks off its 2015 release schedule and onto the March 18, 2016 date.
Eddie Murphy had been on to return to the big screen as Axel Foley in what was to be the fourth installment of the franchise that got its start in the 1980s. Jerry Bruckheimer is producing and Brett Rattner is set to direct the story about Murphy returning from Beverly Hills to Detroit. Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec, the scribes behind Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, were hired to script.
One person with knowledge of the situation said Paramount went off its Axel because the script wasn’t ready but that the studio is still planning to move forward on the picture. Apparently Appelbaum and Nemec turned in a script and then former Paramount film pres Adam Goodman (rather wisely it seems) took them off that and had them quickly draft a script for the sequel to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles last year. The reboot of Ninja Turtles ended up kicking in $485M worldwide for the studio.
That slowed the process down on Cop. Now that the Turtles sequel is moving forward, the writing duo are heading back onto Beverly Hills Cop to pen another draft. This one will now under the guidance of newly minted Paramount Motion Picture Group chairman Marc Evans who replaced Goodman in the job in March.