It’s funny how time and a string of mediocre comedies will change someone’s opinion. Back in the mid-'90s Eddie Murphy made Beverly Hills Cop 3 just for the sake of it. He seemed tired of playing Axel Foley and wanted to be a straight action star. But after a string of failed family comedies, Murphy seems to have finally embraced the character again.
He’s been trying to get a Beverly Hills Cop 4 off the ground for a few years now and according to a recent interview he did with Rolling Stone, he’s given up on that due to studio indifference and now has a another plan for Axel Foley. “What I'm trying to do now is produce a TV show starring Axel Foley's son, and Axel is the chief of police now in Detroit,” claims Murphy. “I'd do the pilot, show up here and there. None of the movie scripts were right; it was trying to force the premise. If you have to force something, you shouldn't be doing it. It was always a rehash of the old thing. It was always wrong."
It doesn’t sound like a terrible idea depending on Murphy’s commitment to his recurring role and who they cast as the young Axel Foley. However, the best part of that statement is that it shows Murphy is finally trying to work on his movies again and come up with some interesting ideas rather than just sleepwalking through Doctor Dolittle 3 (shudder).
Murphy went on to elaborate about his decision to step away from family fare. “I don't have any interest in that right now. There's really no blueprint, but I'm trying to do some edgy stuff. And I only want to do what I really want to do, otherwise I'm content to sit here and play my guitar all day. I always tell people now that I'm a semi-retired gentleman of leisure, and occasionally I'll go do some work to break the boredom up."
If Murphy’s serious about this and plans on actually generating his own material again rather than simply working for hire, we might finally get to see a few funny Eddie Murphy movies again. Considering how cripplingly hysterical he can be with the right material, I would have no problem waiting every few years for an Eddie Murphy movie that’s actually funny rather than have to cringe my way through another crappy comedy every year. This could be good news, people. Fingers crossed.
Martin Scorsese Eyes Up a Norwegian Mystery
Everyone’s favorite filmmaker, fast-talker, and fluffy eyebrow enthusiast Martin Scorsese’s latest feature Hugo hasn’t even been released yet, but the man is already eying up his follow-up project.
Following his first entry into children’s entertainment Scorsese could be directing The Snowman. Don’t worry, that’s not an adaptation of the semi-depressing Christmas story and Scorsese hasn’t become made a late career transition into family filmmaking.
Nope, it’s a crime mystery by Norwegian novelist Jo Nesbo about a detective investigating a missing persons case that turns into a serial killer investigation once the victim’s scarf is found wrapped around the neck of a strange snowman. Scorsese has apparently been toying with the project for a while and I’d imagine it’ll get the green light if David Fincher’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo makes as much money as expected this winter.
Whenever Scorsese takes on a thriller like this, his films tend to be lurid, over-the-top, and oddly old fashioned (Cape Fear, Shutter Island). Most people don’t care for that populist version of Scorsese, but I’ve always had a soft spot for that work in a nostalgic, old timey filmmaking way.
It’ll be just one of many projects piling into the development cycle for Scorsese, who's also got titles like Silence, The Irishman and his long discussed Sinatra bio bubbling along in development. We’ll just have to wait and see which one the studios pull the trigger on first.
Are You Ready for Dumb & Dumber 2?
It’s been 17 years since Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels took stupidity to all new comedy heights and just in time for the 20th anniversary of Dumb & Dumber, the film’s co-writers/directors the Farrelly Brothers are working on a sequel. As soon as the crude comedy-loving siblings responsible for There’s Something About Mary are done with their Three Stooges movie, they plan on diving into the Dumb & Dumber well.
While the pathetic prequel Dumb & Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd may have soured the franchise for everyone, the original movie holds up shockingly well all these years later and it’s not exactly like there’s a classic plot that they’ll have to equal this time out.
If Carrey and Daniels agree to return to their roles and play out explosive diarrhea scenes again, this could be a damn funny sequel and seeing the pair enter middle age isn’t a bad starting point. Until those actors agree to revive their roles, this movie isn’t close to getting made, but for now it’s at least a beautifully idiotic dream. Sigh