If you’re going to make a new “Beverly Hills Cop” movie you don’t kill off its most beloved character – next to Axel – within the first five minutes of the film!
But that’s indeed what Brett Ratner’s upcoming “Beverly Hills Cop 2009″ plans to do, by killing Judge Reinhold’s much-loved character Billy Rosewood off (by the sounds of it, they won’t even need Reinhold!).
Latino Review got their hands on some story details for the new film and reported that the guts of the movie will fix on Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) trying to find out who killed Billy.
Says the site, “It’s been 15 years since Axel Foley was last in Beverly Hills, and screenwriters Michael Brandt and Derek Haas needed a good reason to bring him back. That reason comes just a couple of pages into the latest script for Beverly Hills Cop IV (which calls itself Beverly Hills Cop 2009) – Judge Reinhold’s Billy Rosewood takes a leap out the 20th story of the Los Angeles Police HQ. When Axel hears that his former partner and best buddy became sidewalk salad he knows it wasn’t a suicide and he flies to Beverly Hills to get all the facts for himself.”
”It turns out that Billy was learning about a group of corrupt LAPD officers who were involved with gun running with a Beverly Hills rich kid who has ties to the military. The mystery isn’t that big a deal, and Axel mostly gets from place to place by half-assedly conning people. He makes up a fake story about who he is and then doesn’t follow through on it. It’s like Brandt and Haas saw the first BHC and just didn’t have the energy to write anything that matched up to it”.
Rosewood is one of the series’ high-points, he always brings the laughs and a certain sweetness to each movie. You don’t kill that character off – you’ll lose the audience (fuck, if anyone, kill of that Serge character, played by Bronson Pinchot! or maybe even Ronny Cox’s Lt. Andrew Bogomil!?).
In addition to that, the site says the script is essentially just an action movie – one that casts Murphy as The Terminator.
”It’s almost like the writers took an Arnold Schwarzenneger script they had lying around and changed the details to make it a Beverly Hills Cop movie. There’s no fun in it.”
Sounds perfect for Brett Ratner!