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REVIEW: Beverly Hills Cop TV Pilot Screenplay

Run Time: 60 Mins
Rated: N/A
What To Expect: Hard to say, but the potential is low

Beverly Hills Cop has had a long and depressing history for over 20 years now.  Back before even Cop III arrived, there were plans to do a crossover movie with Crocodile Dundee (no, really).  Paul Hogan was into the idea, Eddie Murphy, unsurprisingly, was not.  With that idea axed, Cop III followed to blazing pitchforks and even Murphy himself shitting on the movie.  Fast forward through ten years of development hell, to a rumored shooting script for Cop IV where Billy Rosewood gets killed in the opening act.  Clint Morris of MovieHole leaks the scandal and leads a crusade to burn that variation of Cop IV at the stake.  Paramount shits their pants, probably already knowing it would suck, and cans the idea.  Then came the idea to do a TV show….

Spoilers?  Yes, they’re here, sort of.  It probably won’t be spoiled since none of us will ever likely see this pilot as well as the fact that only the pilot was filmed.  Anyway, this is basically a remake of the original movie.  Axel Foley’s son, Aaron Foley (played by Brandon T. Jackson) has found that a friend who was into some shady business killed, just as Foley senior had in the original movie.  And just like in the original movie, Foley junior is lead to Beverly Hills, to solve the case.  There, two detectives of a completely different culture to the Detroit precinct, where Foley hails from, reluctantly join him on the case.  One is career female detective, the other a cardboard by-the-book male.

You can’t really glean too much from this pilot screenplay.  For a start, screenplays are only ever going to tell you so much.  Second, Eddie Murphy is famous for improvising and ad-libbing.  So the actual product may well have been better.  But over all, it’s unimpressive.  It centres on Jackson for the most part, who is given run of the mill one liners, mostly derogatory observations about how uptight Beverly Hills policemen are, and how expensive everything there is.  Maybe Jackson did something with it, like Murphy did in the original movie, but I doubt it.  There are one or two laughs here and there, but a big problem for Jackson is he has no Rosewood or Taggart equivalent to bounce off.  Most of the characters are dull and lifeless.

It’s hard to say anything about the story.  You’re not going to give away too much in one episode, but I would wager it played out to be more or less run of the mill.  As far as action goes, I have to confess to be largely unfamiliar with Barry Sonnenfeld’s work, so for the two main action sequences, a shoot out and a chase sequence, it’s anyone’s guess how he handled them.  But presumably he had done so without much violence – it’s a more or less inoffensive script.  There is only one swear word that I recall, motherfucker, with the potent part of that word blanked out, like it was in DHINO.  This is Beverly Hills Cop, Foley should be running his mouth with ceaseless obscenity.  You can’t restrict Eddie like this…

Yes, by the way, Eddie Murphy is in this.  Maybe for around 20-30 minutes.  He shows up as Foley senior to help Foley junior on the case.  I will commend the writer for avoiding the insufferable cliché of having both father and son be at odds with each other.  You know, that shitty old chestnut where young hotshot son has maligned a pining father due to some past grievance.  That’s not here.  Instead, both Foleys are soon breaking and entering Beverly Hills mansions and basically fucking around.  Their back and forth lines are poor though, something I would have hoped Eddie Murphy would’ve intervened over.  Other famous names here, Judge Reinhold has a cameo as ‘Mayor Reinhold’.  I wonder if we’ll see that in Cop IV.

So, bottom line, it’s unimpressive and so by-the-book, it’s like it is some post-grad taking a shot at it.  My biggest complaint… even though it boasts of using Faltermeyer’s music and has Murphy and Reinhold, and Jackson isn’t a bad actor, it doesn’t ‘feel’ Beverly Hills Cop.  Brandon T. Jackson said that CBS turned this down because it was ‘too edgy’.  Well, I don’t believe that.  Didn’t read that way to me, and if that was its only problem, some other channel would’ve picked it up.

Now, Brett Ratner and Jerry Bruckheimer, over to you…

10 Comments

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    Mucho Macho

    February 21, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    Release!
    Release!
    Release!

    Thanx for reading the script cause I’m too lazy to do so 😴📺

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      French Predator

      February 21, 2018 at 10:38 pm

      I’ve been digging inner circles since a while to find this unaired pilot vid but no luck so far.
      Got a pic of Axel from the pilot somewhere in a hard drive

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        Mucho Macho

        February 22, 2018 at 12:24 am

        I recently came across an article which Murphy said that he intended to just do the one appearance on the pilot but the network wanted him to be a recurring character and when he refused or he was not going to be recurring then they decided not to do it because test audiences who saw the pilot mostly reacted to him being on the show

        I have not even seen a pic of the guy as Axel onset so I’ve always been curious . Really want to watch the pilot show for some reason.
        If you ever find something new please let yours truly know it will be much appreciated😀

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          French Predator

          February 22, 2018 at 4:36 am

          The execs found the pilot so bad that nobody saw it but them, that’s what I heard but there is always a leak.I wanna see it for Axel and by principe.

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    Mucho Macho

    February 21, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    Inspector Todd is a manly legend
    https://youtu.be/Oq3cGgqbWG8

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      the_greater_gabbo

      February 21, 2018 at 9:58 pm

      he played himself.

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        Mucho Macho

        February 21, 2018 at 10:09 pm

        Which makes the guy manly👍
        He could never be some tulip on screen.
        The dude was 1 funny mothafucka.
        R.I.P. Inspector Todd

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          the_greater_gabbo

          February 21, 2018 at 10:23 pm

          i agree.

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    Atef

    February 22, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    Brett Ratner is thankfully no longer attached to the project. It’s Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah who are directing now. Last news i heard was that the movie started filming june 2017. Havent heard a confirmation since.