Industry suspicions had already been aroused when Paramount Pictures moved its big hitter Monster Trucks to a March 2016 release date. But while it initially sounds bad, Foley may also be dodging a bullet, since he won't now share his comeback slot with Zack Snyder's Man Of Steel (2013) follow-up Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. That's a fight he was never going to win.
Beverly Hills Cop 4 was one of the earliest announced projects to come following Jerry Bruckheimer's exit from Walt Disney Pictures and return to his former home at Paramount Pictures. Following an abandoned attempt at a TV series (with which Bruckheimer had no involvement), it seemed like a no-brainer to place the uber-producer back on the property that had given the Simpson/Bruckheimer partnership one of its earliest, biggest hits.
It seems that the screenplay has remained the sticking point, however, with nobody yet quite cracking Axel's return. Following the TV debacle and the dismal Beverly Hills Cop III (1994), Murphy is for once exercising some quality control. "I'm not doing a Beverly Hills Cop unless they have a really incredible script," he told Rolling Stone in January. "They're trying to get it right. 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."