*Paramount has hired Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah to direct its long-in-the-words fourth installment of “Beverly Hills Cop,” reports Deadline.
The studio, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Eddie Murphy have been busy trying to get the script and other moving parts in place for a film that was originally due for release this year.
Murphy and Bruckheimer decided on the Belgian writer-directors after seeing and loving their edgy drama “Black,” a Romeo & Juliet story about a 15-year-old girl in a black gang in Brussels who must choose between loyalty and love when she falls for a Moroccan boy from a rival gang. “Black” won the Discovery Award at the Toronto Film Festival last year.
According to Deadline, Bruckheimer and Murphy were “charmed” to discover how important the original “Beverly Hills Cop” was to the directing duo. They’ll helm a script by writers Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec that will bring Murphy’s street smart cop character Axel Foley back to his Detroit origins.
El Arbi is a Brussels-based filmmaker of Moroccan heritage who studied at the Luca School of Arts in Brussels and directed the short film Broeders and the feature Image both with Fallah. He is also of Moroccan heritage and also studied at the Luca School of Arts in Brussels. Broeders won the best Flemish student short film at the Ghent International Film Festival and the audience award at the Leuven International Film Festival.