Eddie Murphy and The Shield creator Shawn Ryan developing Beverly Hills Cop television series

For more than a decade, comedy fans have yearned for Eddie Murphy to give up his terrible movie making and get back onstage to sling jokes– like in the good old days. But despite his vague hints at a return to stand-up, Murphy has continued to stay the course (A Thousand Words, anyone?). But now there’s hope. While stand-up still isn’t on the horizon for the 51-year-old, a re-imagining of Beverly Hills Cop is. Murphy has teamed up with The Shield creator Shawn Ryan to develop a television series version of the franchise, Vulture reports.

It seems Murphy — if the show sees light — would act as executive producer in addition to appearing in a few episodes. The premise, according to the report, would find Axel Foley (Murphy) heading up a Detroit police force, where his son is an officer. The biggest surprise is that the show is being described as “an hour-long crime procedural with strong comedic elements” and not just a straight comedy. Regardless, hopefully Taggart and Rosewood drop by the precinct every now and again.

For now, let’s watch Axel play the race card in order to score a room at a hotel, for which he doesn’t have a reservation.

Dylan P. Gadino

Dylan is the founder and editor emeritus of Laughspin.

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