Eddie Murphy has found a buyer for his “Beverly Hills Cop” TV series, ending a battle for the show among a number of networks. Nellie Andreeva reports on Deadline.com that the project has landed at CBS, which gave the show a pilot production commitment.
The project is an offshoot of the movie franchise that stars Murphy, with “The Shield” creator Shawn Ryan on board as an executive producer and Sony TV producing.
Andreeva writes: “Ryan will serve as showrunner on the potential series, a sequel to the three movies, which chronicled the exploits of wise-cracking Detroit detective Axel Foley (Murphy) in Los Angeles. 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 is set to appear in the pilot as Axel Foley, and may become a recurring character if the project is picked up for a series. Ryan will write the script for the pilot.
“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,” Andreeva notes. “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.”
The show was pitched last week to the Big 4 broadcast nets, triggering what the story describes as “a very competitive situation.” All four networks had been expected to show interest, as we reported last week.