The fourth installment in the Beverly Hills Cop franchise. Titled “Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F.” Beverly Hills Cop 4 Release Date is confirmed? Eddie Murphy, reprising his iconic role as Axel Foley. A Detroit police officer who became a fish out of water in Beverly Hills, reunites with Judge Reinhold as Billy Rosewood and John Ashton as John Taggart.
The trilogy was released between 1984 and 1994. Netflix unveiled the official release date, setting the long-awaited sequel to premiere on July 3 on the streaming service. The debut comes just over a month after the 30th anniversary of Beverly Hills Cop III and five months before the overall franchise’s 40th anniversary.
Beverly Hills Cop 4 Release Date
A summertime release for the Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F movie might suggest the streamer’s confidence in the title. Hits from Netflix often land during the Northern Hemisphere’s summer months, exemplified by Extraction 2 in June and Purple Hearts. The Gray Man, and the Fear Street trilogy in July. It’s noteworthy that the movies gaining the most traction on the streamer typically debut outside the summer, usually during the holiday season.
As of now, a release date for Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F has not been announced by Netflix. Nevertheless, the streamer has confirmed that the film is slated to hit screens in the summer of 2024. Marking nearly 40 years since the release of the original movie.
Beverly Hills Cop Overview
Axel Foley, a brash Detroit cop, embarks on investigations into various crimes in the posh city of Beverly Hills, California, from money laundering to drug rings to murder. Foley employs his unorthodox and intrepid methods, accompanied by funny comebacks and a bold demeanor.
In Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F, Axel Foley returns to Beverly Hills as his daughter’s life is threatened. The film adapts the general idea from the planned television show, pairing Axel with his kid. However, unlike the TV series focusing on a son, the movie shifts to featuring Axel and his daughter.
Netflix unveiled the official teaser trailer for Axel F on December 14, 2023. It offers viewers a glimpse of the chaos awaiting them in the fourth installment. True to form, Foley finds himself in plenty of trouble while uncovering the conspiracy threatening his daughter Jane’s life.
Beverly Hills Cop 4 plotline
Since the late 90s, there had been circulating plans for a fourth Beverly Hills Cop movie. It is officially announced in 2006 with original producer Jerry Bruckheimer onboard. However, Bruckheimer passed the reins to Lorenzo di Bonaventura, initiating the drawn-out journey of Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F becoming a reality.
By 2011, the film was shelved in favor of a television spin-off focusing on Axel’s son, but just before airing, Paramount decided to give the movie another try. In 2013, Bruckheimer returned as producer, announcing Murphy reprising Axel Foley with Ratner directing. However, development troubles persisted as Ratner dropped out, casting the film’s future into uncertainty.
In 2019, after much back-and-forth, Paramount officially teamed up with Netflix for the fourth movie while retaining rights for the first three installments. Mark Molly took over as the director after the movie changed hands multiple times during its long development cycle.
Filming development, which began in the late summer of 2022, faced difficulties. After a prolonged wait for Murphy to agree to a suitable script, the creators had another hurdle: impressing the city of Beverly Hills itself. Officials, initially wary, noted changes in the town’s atmosphere since the 80s and had concerns about the portrayal of the Beverly Hills police force despite the city’s star-studded reputation.
Eddie Murphy reprises his role as Axel Foley, the witty Detroit cop, in the upcoming Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F. Returning alongside Murphy are Judge Reinhold as Detective Sergeant William ‘Billy’ Rosewood, John Ashton as Detective Sergeant John Taggart, Paul Reiser as Detective Jeffrey Friedman, and Bronson Pinchot as art connoisseur and weapons dealer Serge.
New additions to the cast include Taylor Paige, portraying Jane, a criminal defense attorney and Foley’s daughter, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who stars alongside Murphy as his new partner, Bobby Abbot.
Where to Watch
Script issues led to Paramount Pictures pulling Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F from its release schedule. As of the current writing, Netflix has not announced a release date for the film. Nevertheless, the streamer has confirmed that the movie will hit screens in the summer of 2024, marking nearly 40 years since the release of the original movie.