“Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F” will mark the second decades-later sequel in Murphy’s career after the release of “Coming 2 America” in 2021. Murphy seems to be enjoying a career resurgence after a dip in popularity throughout the 2010s, and he is bringing enthusiasm and energy back to the screen in a big way.
“Axel F” is written by Will Beall, Tom Gormican, and Kevin Etten. Beall is a former L.A.P.D. detective who also penned “Gangster Squad” and received story credit for “Zack Snyder’s Justice League.” Etten is best known for working on “Scrubs” and “Desperate Housewives,” whereas Gormican wrote and directed the Nicolas Cage action-comedy “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.” These disparate writerly sensibilities will be wrangled by director Mark Molloy, who took over the project from Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah when they left to work on “Batgirl.”
According to Netflix, the plot of “Axel F” will follow the titular Detroit cop, his daughter (Taylour Paige), and his partner (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) as they investigate a Beverly Hills crime conspiracy after Paige’s character is threatened. Their investigation will see Foley re-teaming with Judge Reinhold and John Ashton’s characters, who both appeared in the 1984 original. There is no word yet as to whether or not Harold Faltermeyer will return to provide the film’s music; Faltermeyer’s electronic instrumental “Axel F” was the theme of the 1984 film and peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Paul Reiser and Bronson Pinchot will also appear in the film, reprising their roles from the original “Beverly Hills Cop” and its sequels. Kevin Bacon will play a Beverly Hills police captain.
“Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F” arrives on Netflix in summer 2024.