BEVERLY HILLS COP Returns to Detroit
June 27, 2014 by Mike McNamara
Axel Foley is heading back home. The Michigan Film Office announced Paramount Pictures’ feature film BEVERLY HILLS COP, starring Eddie Murphy, directed by Brett Ratner (RUSH HOUR) and produced by Detroit native Jerry Bruckheimer, has been approved for a film incentive from the state. The project is expected to film in Detroit and surrounding communities.
“We are excited to welcome Axel Foley and the BEVERLY HILLS COP franchise back to Michigan,” said Margaret O’Riley, director of the Michigan Film Office. “This project will highlight locations throughout metro Detroit that speak to the city’s heritage while making significant investments in the community by hiring Michigan workers and local businesses.”
This fourth installment of the BEVERLY HILLS COP franchise takes Axel Foley (played by Murphy, of course), who has been living a cushy life as a Beverly Hills Detective, back to his hometown of Detroit during the coldest winter on record to navigate the new rules and old enemies in his former stomping grounds.
Bruckheimer also produced the first BEVERLY HILLS COP, which was a blockbuster hit in 1984 and launched Eddie Murphy to big screen stardom following his stint with SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE. Two sequels, 1987’s “Beverly Hills Cop II” and 1994’s “Beverly Hills Cop III,” followed, leading to a worldwide gross for the franchise of approximately $735 million.
The BEVERLY HILLS COP production was approved for an estimated rebate of $13.5 million based on up to $56,644,792 of projected in-state expenditures.
The movie is slated to be released in March 2016. No specific start date for production has been given but I'm being told the movie is expected to begin shooting this fall. As always, I'll keep you posted!
Mike McNamara is the Co-Founder of The Midwest Independent Film Festival, www.midwestfilm.org. Mike pays his rent as an actor in Chicago in theatre, commercials, television and film. More from Mac at www.findmac.com.