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When Jerry Bruckheimer becomes the 27th recipient of the American Cinematheque Award on Dec. 12, he follows such filmmakers as Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, and Al Pacino. But, fittingly, Bruckheimer is the first producer so honored. For while the self-effacing and low-key vet is not one of those producers given to shamelessly tooting his own horn or screaming to underscore his power, for over three decades now he’s racked up hit after hit — earning more than $125 billion worldwide — to emerge as one of the most successful producers Hollywood has ever seen. And he’s just signed a three-year, first-look agreement for theatrical films with Paramount Pictures.
And thanks to such movie and TV franchises as the “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “National Treasure,” “Beverly Hills Cop,” “The Amazing Race” and “CSI,” Bruckheimer has also achieved what few other producers ever have — a brand-name awareness with the general public. While highbrow critics »
- Iain Blair
Back in 2009, we got word that Sony Pictures was developing Bad Boys 3, a sequel to the Michael Bay action franchise starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. Then in 2010, producer Jerry Bruckheimer said, "It's a wish and a hope and a dream. We've been working on a screenplay, which is excellent. It's an idea Will gave us, so hopefully, it will come to fruition, we would love it to." But it's been three years and no dice. But now the project has life again as Deadline reports Sony, with producer Michael De Luca situated as production co-president, has hired Safe House scribe David Guggenheim to write Bad Boys 3 this time. Bruckheimer is still back to produce (though he's situated firmly at Paramount Pictures with a new deal that includes more Beverly Hills Cop and Top Gun), and the studio is hoping to get Smith and Lawrence back for the sequel, »
- Ethan Anderton
Yesterday I reported that producer Jerry Bruckheimer had ended his relationship with Disney and inked a deal with Paramount, where he’d have more flexibility. I also pointed out that he’s seemingly looking to his past to try and ignite some future successes- with the word being that he was looking at sequels for Beverly Hills Cop and Top Gun. Well, the news today is that he’s continuing down that road. Over at Sony, Bruckheimer is now trying to get Bad Boys III off the ground. According to Deadline, a writer has all ready been tapped to write it.
David Guggenheim, who wrote the Ryan Reynolds-Denzel Washington thriller Safe House, is apparently the man for the job. Safe House was a moderate hit, and Sony is hoping he can write a script good enough to entice Will Smith and Martin Lawrence to return for a third outing as Lowrey and Burnett. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Following on from news we heard earlier this year, in which Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney parted ways following the release of The Lone Ranger, we heard over the weekend that Bruckheimer is closing a three-year first-look deal with Paramount.
Deadline reports that Bruckheimer will enjoy a lot more freedom with the deal, being able to take projects elsewhere if needs be, something he couldn’t do at The Mouse House. He also cites Paramount’s handling of the Brad Pitt-starrer World War Z as one of the things that impressed him about them, juggling the bad press amidst lengthy re-shoots and still coming out well over the top at the box office.
That is something that Disney wasn’t able to do with The Lone Ranger, announcing the need to write down as much as $190m. from losses on the film, which I still maintain has been one of »
- Kenji Lloyd
While we're on the subject of belated action comedy sequels, there's a new/old game afoot at Paramount. Recently cut loose from his erstwhile home at Disney, super-producer Jerry Bruckheimer has rocked up to a new deal at Paramount. First among his first-looks is the long-gestating fourth Beverly Hills Cop movie. Eddie Murphy has already signed on to return to his signature role as Axel Foley, and Brett Ratner - who's been on board since at least 2008 - is attached to direct.Last we heard, Beverly Hills Cop was being retooled as a TV series, under the aegis of The Shield's Shawn Ryan. Barry Sonnenfeld directed a pilot that starred Brandon T. Jackson as Foley's son, with Murphy cameoing to hand over the reins and Kevin Pollak as a Beverly Hills Pd lawyer. CBS declined to pick it up for a series, however. Jackson claimed it was because the »
Hollywood mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who’s had a lucrative run with Disney for many years now, has moved on. According to Deadline, the Pirates of The Caribbean producer has signed a deal that would bring his Bruckeimer Films shingle to Paramount with a three-year first-look agreement. The man’s films have grossed over $16 billion over the years, and he’s known for loving “big” movies- ie. blockbusters, tentpoles, action/effects-heavy sagas. His last one, though, didn’t fair so well. The Lone Ranger was a commercial and critical failure for Disney, but it’s unlikely that’s the only reason their relationship ended.
Bruckheimer told Deadline, “I have a lot more freedom than at Disney.” He’s seemingly referring to the fact that Paramount will give him more leg room to set up projects elsewhere, where as his deal with Disney didn’t allow for that. He’s also said »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Plans for a Beverly Hills Cop TV series failed after CBS passed on the idea earlier this year, despite word that the pilot tested so well, that it has caused Paramount to put another Beverly Hills Cop movie into development. News of a 4th Bhc movie were first confirmed in July, when it was announced that Eddie Murphy would reprise his role as Axel Foley. And it now looks like the film is being fast-tracked by Paramount Pictures, in a new 3-year deal the studio signed with super producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Beverly Hills Cop 4 will be the first project made under this new deal, which brings both Bruckheimer and Paramount together again (they launched the franchise together, along with »
- Natasha Greeves
The heat is back on. Paramount have announced that a new Beverly Hills Cop film is on the way, with Eddie Murphy set to return to the series that made him a global superstar. Murphy starred in the original 1984 Beverly Hills Cop as fast-talking Detroit cop Axel Foley, and went on to star in two sequels, all of which were huge successes at the box office. »
Jerry Bruckheimer just recently signed a first-look deal with Paramount, and Deadline has learned that the producer's first project with the studio is going to be a new Beverly Hills Cop film, with Brett Ratner directing. Eddie Murphy will be back as Axel Foley, and according to Deadline, the character will be returning to his native Detroit in the fourth film. Ratner was actually attached to a new Beverly Hills Cop movie back in 2008, and was still talking about the film possibly »
- Jesse Giroux
The long-awaited return of Axel Foley has taken a big step towards fruition, with Brett Ratner confirmed to be directing the fourth episode of the Beverly Hills Cop franchise. Ratner has finally signed on the dotted line some five years after he was first approached to helm the project, with Jerry Bruckheimer also confirmed to produce the sequel. This is just the latest twist and turn in an ongoing saga that had seen Eddie Murphy attempt to get the sequel made as a TV series, before finally returning to the big screen approach. ...
- George Wales
After Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean) parted ways, the producer started seeking a new partner. And now comes word that Paramount Pictures is finalizing a three-year first-look deal with Bruckheimer that will begin in April 2014. The first project under the new deal will be the fourth "Beverly Hills Cop" movie that will bring Eddie Murphy back police officer Axel Foley who will return to his Detroit roots. Brett Ratner is attached to direct. Bruckheimer is also developing "Top Gun 2." And while original director, Tony Scott, has passed away, Tom Cruise has already signed on reprise his role. »
Star Eddie Murphy revealed earlier this year that he was attached to reprise his role as wisecracking detective Axel Foley in a fourth instalment of the popular '80s movie series.
It was rumoured in September that Bruckheimer was also poised to return as producer on the movie.
According to Deadline, Paramount Pictures and Bruckheimer have signed a three-year first-look deal, beginning in April 2014.
Under the deal, Bruckheimer will produce Beverly Hills Cop 4, while Ratner is attached to direct after he completes his upcoming Hercules.
Hercules finishes shooting in July, while work on a Beverly Hills Cop 4 script is still in process. »
Finally, a bit of good news for those in favor of arming Eddie Murphy and unleashing him on unaware California residents. Jerry Bruckheimer, the megaproducer behind the Pirates of the Caribbean films and so many Michael Bay productions, has decided upon his new post-Disney partner, and it is Paramount Pictures. Many giganto-huge blockbusters will surely stem from this new partnership, but the first are to be Top Gun 2 and a Beverly Hills Cop reboot. Both have been talked about for years, but now 26 years later we’re finally on track to see an aged Tom Cruise ejecting himself from a series of aircraft — and yes, according to Deadline, both Cruise and Murphy are set to return to these new installments. It’s the same old story. Movie was popular several decades ago. Now it’s being redone. But the difference here is Bruckheimer, who was a producer and major creative force on both the original Top Gun »
- Adam Bellotto
Get the Detroit Lions jacket out of mothballs. Key up the trademark Harold Faltermeyer theme song. And get me Judge Reinhold on the phone! Paramount wants back in the Beverly Hills Cop business, planning a reboot of the famous franchise with producer Jerry Bruckheimer back in the fold. Deadline reports that the longtime blockbuster producer has set up a three-year, first-look deal with Paramount that will begin with the Beverly Hills Cop feature, which the trade site describes as "a reboot," but one that will have original star Eddie Murphy back in the lead role of wise-cracking detective Axel Foley. The site says the story will bring Foley back to his Detroit roots . which cancels out the need for Beverly Hills, no? . and will be directed by Btett Ratner. The filmmaker worked with Murphy on the hit comedy Tower Heist, and has helmed his own brand of action films with »
Paramount Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer are back in business! He's signed a three-year first-look deal with the studio that will start in April 2014. There are a couple already existing projects that are going to start moving forward, and those include Top Gun 2 and Beverly Hills Cop 4.
Deadline revealed that Brett Ratner is attached to direct the film and will start production on it as soon as he's done with Dwayne Johnson's Hercules movie. Ratner was attached to this project once before, 5 years ago.
Eddie Murphy is officially set to reprise his role as Detroit cop Axel Foley, and according to the report, "Foley will be returning to his Detroit roots." I enjoyed the original Beverly Hills Cop movies, and I hope they go for that R-rated kind of action-comedy again. I'm not a fan of Ratner, but these are the kinds of films he's known for making, »
- Joey Paur
Eddie Murphy and Brett Ratner are getting back together. The Tower Heist duo will join forces as Ratner is now attached to direct Beverly Hills Cop 4. The project comes about from a larger overall deal that Jerry Bruckheimer struck with Paramount Pictures yesterday, which also includes the development of Top Gun 2 along with other projects. Projects that Bruckheimer currently has in development with Disney will remain there until they pass on them. Deadline reports that the first project from the new Bruckheimer/Paramount deal will be a new Beverly Hills Cop movie. The fourth movie, which the site describes as "a reboot of one of Bruckheimer and Paramount's biggest successes together" finds Murphy's Detroit cop Axel Foley returning to his Detroit roots....
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After he failed to develop Beverly Hills Cop as a TV show, last we heard, Eddie Murphy had signed up to star in a fourth Bhc movie. According to Deadline, it will be the first project Jerry Bruckheimer will develop under his new deal with Paramount. And it appears that Brett Ratner, who was in talks five years ago to direct, will, in fact, helm the picture, after he wraps Hercules. "Hercules, Hercules, Hercules, Hercules, Hercules, seriously hurry up with it, Beverly Hills is currently copless," Murphy responded. »
- Jesse David Fox
Celebrity break-ups are something of a guilty pleasure to look in on, and one of this years’s biggest separations was that of long-term couple Jerry Bruckheimer and Walt Disney Studios. In the wake of The Lone Ranger bombing spectacularly at the box office, it was announced that Bruckheimer and Disney would be going their separate ways after 20 years in business.
Bruckheimer’s Disney legacy includes the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, which has been extremely lucrative for the company so far in a trend that seems set to continue when Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is released in 2016. Bruckheimer has no doubt been ...
- H. Shaw-Williams
After taking some time to decide where he would sign his new producing deal, Jerry Bruckheimer says a big part of his Paramount choice boiled down to relationships he had established through the years.
“I’ve had a long relationship with Brad Grey going back to when he was a manager and had always worked well with him,” Bruckheimer tells Variety. “We also had a handful of projects in development there like ‘Top Gun 2′and a new ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ as well as selling a pitch called ‘Fake’ so at the end of the day it just made sense.”
Update: Brett Ratner had also been attached going back to when this film first came into development at Paramount but that has also been made official too.
- Justin Kroll
In 1984, the movie gods gave audiences (among lots of other things): "Beverly Hills Cop" and "Terminator." Both became massive franchises, and both sorta fizzled out. But since no property in Hollywood is ever truly buried, both are being revived. Earlier today word arrived that "Terminator"—in addition to being rebooted into a new trilogy—is now becoming a TV series too, and it looks like Axel Foley will get one more day on the beat as well. "Beverly Hills Cop"—being described as a reboot, not a sequel as was planned for years—is now moving along at Paramount, with Jerry Bruckheimer bringing the project in as part of his new deal after he parted with Disney earlier this year. Eddie Murphy will be back and Brett Ratner is attached to direct the project, with the current plan for him to take it on once he's done with next summer's "Hercules. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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