A new "Beverly Hills Cop" movie got the green light and a $13.5 million rebate to start shooting soon in Detroit, and it was also confirmed this week that Eddie Murphy will reprise his role as the wisecracking Axel Foley.
The Michigan Film Office announced Thursday that the movie is scheduled for a March 2016 release and will be produced by Detroit native Jerry Bruckheimer, according to USA Today.
"We are excited to welcome Axel Foley and the 'Beverly Hills Cop' franchise back to Michigan," Margaret O'Riley, director of the Michigan Film Office, said in a statement
. "This project will highlight locations throughout metro Detroit that speak to the city's heritage while making significant investments in the community by hiring Michigan workers and local businesses."
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Beverly Hills and California locations were the main focus of the first three "Beverly Hills Cop" movies, where Murphy's streetwise Detroit detective character would travel to the Golden State to help his police friends solve crimes. The film office said that Detroit will be the main backdrop this time around.
"The newest installment of 'Beverly Hills Cop,' from the ultimate 'fish-out-of-water' franchise, takes Axel Foley, who has been living a cushy life as a Beverly Hills detective, back to Detroit during the coldest winter on record to navigate the new rules and old enemies in one of America's most tenacious cities," the Michigan Film Office statement continued.
The movie news is welcomed in Detroit, which became the largest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy
last year, and the state of Michigan. "Beverly Hills Cop" is expected to spend $56.6 million in the state and employ more than 350 people while in production, the film office stated.
The first three "Beverly Hills Cop" movies — which hit theaters in 1984, 1987, and 1994 — made a total of $431 million at the box office, according to Variety
. Adding in foreign totals, the movies grossed $735 million worldwide.
Those movies also starred Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, and then-real-life Detroit policeman Gil Hill. Hill, who went on to serve on the Detroit City Council and run for mayor, saw his character Inspector Douglas Todd killed off in "Beverly Hills Cops 3."
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