According to JoBlo, Beverly Hills Cop 4 co-directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah appeared on the #1 talk show in Holland called “De wereld draait door” which translates to “The World Turns” and spoke to the current state of production for the sequel.
Confirming that Eddie Murphy is still on board to reprise his famous role as wisecracking cop Axel Foley, El Arbi and Fallah also hinted that they were chasing a big name to play a co-lead role, possibly Channing Tatum or Tom Hardy.
Both actors are fairly hot property right now and are guaranteed film draws should they sign, however there’s no clear indication as to whether or not either actor has been approached as yet for the role.
That being said, it’s interesting that there is progress being made. Murphy has not been in the cinematic limelight for a number of years now despite his insane 1980s popularity and in this era of reboots, it’s interesting that Beverley Hills Cop will be getting a direct sequel instead of a recasted reboot.
The directors also went on to mention that legendary producer Jerry Bruckheimer is interested in getting involved and that the film’s planned budget will be around $50 million.
El Arbi and Fallah’s last project Black won the Discovery Award at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival gaining the attention of Bruckheimer, according to the interview.