By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act January 23, 2013 at 9:50AM
I actually thought this was already a lock - at least, for a pilot.
But it was officially announced last night that CBS has ordered a pilot for the Beverly Hills Cop TV series adaptation which Brandon T. Jackson will star in as Axel Foley's (Eddie Murphy's) sons.
It was last year that Murphy, who'll appear in the pilot (at least), teamed up with Shawn Ryan (creator of The Shield, The Last Resort) and Sony Pictures Television, to produce a small screen version of the film franchise, as a serial.
After some serious competition from all 4 major networks for the series, CBS emerged the winner of this new Beverly Hills Cop series.
Shawn Ryan is serving as showrunner on the potential series.
It's been confirmed that it'll be "a buddy cop show... an hourlong crime procedural with strong comedic elements."
Further... the series will have a similar fish-out-of-water setup to the film, and will center on Axel Foley’s son, Aaron, a blue-collar police officer, trying to make a name for himself, absent of his prominent father's influence, and the criminals among the rich and famous in Beverly Hills he helps eliminate.
Shawn Ryan is writing the pilot episode script, and will executive produce with Marney Hochman and Eddie Murphy.
No ETA on when the pilot might debut, but, assuming CBS loves it, it'll likely be next TV season.
Meanwhile, the 3 films in the Beverly Hills Cop film franchise (which started out strong, but got successively worse) grossed over $735 million worldwide, and the first film was nominated for a Best Original Screenplay Oscar in 1985. It was also Murphy's first full-fledged starring vehicle.