Netflix Acquires The Rights To Eddie Murphy's 'Beverly Hills Cop' Sequel
Welcome to the Eddie Murphissance.
Eddie Murphy and Jerry Bruckheimer's long-gestating Beverly Hills Cop sequel is headed to Netflix.
Paramount, current rights holder of the property that helped catapult Murphy into superstar status, has struck a deal that grants exclusive rights for Netflix to write, direct, and finance the fourth installment with the option to make a sequel.
The one-time licensing deal, according to Deadline, could be viewed as a win-win for both parties. But perhaps more so for Paramount as the studio essentially reliquishes the rights to a property that may or may not have any legs but retains equity stake in a recognized brand backed by Murphy's resurgence.
In return, Netflix retains Murphy's talents coming off his celebrated performance as Rudy Ray Moore in Dolemite Is My Name along with his impending return for an exclusive stand up special. Now factor Murphy's return to Saturday Night Live and 2020's Coming 2 America sequel and the idea of living in an Eddie Murphissance sounds like my idea of a good time.
Well, that and the return of another Bruckheimer gem (whispers - Top Gun: Maverick).