Axel Foley is coming to CBS this fall. Beverly Hills Cops, a series offshoot from the blockbuster movie franchise, which starred Eddie Murphy, has received a pilot production commitment from CBS. Eddie Murphy and The Shield creator Shawn Ryan are executive producers on the Sony TV-produced project, Deadline reports.
Deadline: The proposed series has a similar fish-out-of-water setup and centers on Axel Foley’s blue-collar police officer son, Aaron, who helps take down the criminal elements of the rich and famous in Beverly Hills while trying to escape the shadow of his larger-than-life father. Murphy will reprise his role as Axel in the pilot and may recur if the pilot goes to series. Ryan will write the script and executive produce with his producing partner at MiddKid Prods. Marney Hochman.
Murphy had been trying to get a Beverly Hills Cop series about Axel’s son off the ground for about a year, after plans for a fourth movie were scrapped. He took the premise to his agency WME, which paired him with fellow client Ryan. Because of Ryan’s overall deal at Sony TV, the project was set up there after lengthy and complicated deal-making with Paramount Pictures, which produced the movies and will own a piece of the potential series.
Somehow I don’t see this lasting more than one season. Bring back Judge Reinhold and Eddie Murphy for more appearances and maybe it will go two seasons, at the most. SNL’s Jay Pharoah would be the perfect person to play Aaron Foley. I suspect Lorne Greene at SNL won’t like that! Donald Glover would be good too.