Following his very public divorce from Disney, producing kingpin Jerry Bruckheimer has re-joined Paramount Pictures in a three-year deal, and already there are new discussions of bringing Beverly Hills Cop 4 from development hell after the TV show was never given a series order.
The Pirates of the Caribbean filmmaker, whose movies have grossed $16 billion worldwide, was also reportedly being pursued by Warner Bros. and Sony.
Paramount Pictures Chairman and CEO Brad Grey confirmed his delight that Bruckhemier decided to return to the studio where he made his name.
He said: “Jerry Bruckheimer is one of the most creative and prolific producers in motion picture history. His signature style has attracted huge global audiences and we are thrilled to have him back in the Paramount family.”
Bruckheimer, along with late producing partner Don Simpson, made some of the biggest movies of the 1980s at Paramount, including Top Gun and Beverly Hills Cop.
Interestingly, the producer is set to return to those two franchises, with a sequel to Top Gun first on the agenda.
Also, Deadline are reporting that Brett Ratner is being re-lined up for Beverly Hills Cop 4, with Eddie Murphy set to reprise the role of Axel Foley, following the TV show failing to make the cut as a series. Ratner was to direct the fourquel until it slipped into development hell as Murphy pursued the TV series.
The Pearl Harbor producer also insisted that he was becoming increasingly frustrated at the lack of creative freedom afforded to him at Disney.
He said: “I will have the freedom and opportunity to make various kinds of pictures, which I didn’t have at Disney. There is a narrow band of PG or soft PG-13. If you take out ‘Pirates,’ I had a lot of success making ‘The Rock,’ “Armageddon, ‘Pearl Harbor.’ It’s hard to get those made there now. It’s a great place to work, and I had a great run there.”
It is no secret in Hollywood that the commercial disaster of The Lone Ranger, which cost around $250-million, hastened Bruckhemier’s departure at Disney.
However, according to the producer, the split was a mutual decision brought about by creative differences.
He added: “The reason we’re not still there – no matter what media reports say – is because of that narrow band and the number of movies they make. They have Marvel, they make two Disney Animation movies, then DreamWorks, which they distribute, and now Star Wars.
“There are not a lot of movies getting made there for a producer like me.”
Expect to hear more Top Gun 2 and Beverly Hills Cop 4 news in the coming months.
Hat Tip: Deadline