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Axel Foley back on the streets

FOLEY'S BEAT: Eddie Murphy doesn't need a fat suit to play Axel Foley

EDDIE MURPHY is getting ready to return to his role as Axel Foley in a television version of Beverly Hills Cop.

The film was one of the most iconic movies of the 1980s, but the television series is reported to be putting a different spin on the popular cop franchise.

Instead it will chart the adventures of his son Aaron Foley, who has followed in his fathers footsteps into the police force, though choosing to work in the fancy 90210 area instead of his father's old beat in Detroit.

It is purported to show him attempting to escape Axel's shadow as he polices the rich and famous.

51-year-old Murphy will be appearing in the pilot and could become a regular on the show if the pilot makes the grade.

So far no other casting has been announced, with the part of Aaron seemingly up for grabs. An early favourite for the role is Saturday Night Live star Jay Pharoah, whose slender physique and riotous impersonations have seen him likened to a young Eddie.

However it is rumoured the sketch show's head honcho would be loathe to see the popular star leave the show, as he was the breakout star when he joined in the 2010 series.

Fans of the franchise will also be hoping Judge Reinhold and John Ashton return as the hilarious mismatched partners Billy Rosewood and John Taggart.

The show is being produced by Eddie Murphy and The Shield creator Shawn Ryan.

Beverly Hills Cop was the biggest hit of 1984, making $316m off a $15m budget, with the 1987 sequel enjoying similar box office success.

However fans and critics alike derided 1994’s third instalment, and made just $119m off a $50m budget.

Murphy and Ryan will be taking a gamble on making the show, as other movie-to-TV crossovers have been less than successful; including 1990's Working Girl, which featured a young Sandra Bullock, Ferris Bueller and 1997's badly received Police Academy.

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