After spending the past couple decades or so pelting us with family fare such as Daddy Day Care, The Nutty Professor, Doctor Doolittle, Pluto Nash, Norbit, Shrek 1, Shrek 2, Shrek 3, Shrek 4, The Nutty Professor 2, and Meet Dave, Eddie Murphy has decided that it’s time to give us a little of the Eddie Murphy edge that helped us fall in love with the scrappy teenage comic in the early 80’s.
After knocking out those bleeding-edge Oscars in February (where he hopes to garner comparisons to bleeding-edge comic Billy Crystal), he is dumping all those familiar family roles to make Beverly Hills Cop into a TV show. About Axel Foley. And his son. So it’s pretty much a TV show about a family from a property that’s been in the cultural lexicon for the past 25 years.
Murphy wil produce the show and make appearances as Axel, who is now the chief of the Detroit Police Department. He claims he went the TV route because “None of the movie scripts were right; it was trying to force the premise. If you have to force something, you shouldn’t be doing it. It was always a rehash of the old thing.”
It’s pretty clear he’s trying here, folks. And I…I think that’s just terrific.