"The Script Pile" is a biweekly column on Splitsider that takes a look at the screenplays for high-profile movie and TV comedies that never made it to the screen.
Eddie Murphy has been trying to get a fourth Beverly Hills Cop movie made since the late '90s, and it's something he and director Brett Ratner are still currently working on. Beverly Hills Cop IV was briefly called off last year as plans to shift the franchise towards a CBS series called Beverly Hills Cop starring Axel Foley's son, Aaron Foley (played by Brandon T. Jackson, Tropic Thunder) with Murphy producing and playing a recurring role, but when the [...]
Well, it's happened. Now that Brett Ratner has resigned, Eddie Murphy will no longer be hosting the Oscars. And he would have done such a good job, too! So much for the big E-Murph comeback.
This disappointing news leaves the Oscars both host-less and producer-less. Pickings are slim on the producer side, with a lot of the Oscar producers from the past ten years having recently passed away. But the playing field is wide open when it comes to hosts! Stephen Colbert was talking to Seth Meyers last night about wanting to host SNL, so maybe he'd be interested in this gig?
Picture the "bearded, burly" Brett Ratner "stretched across a sofa like a victorious Roman emperor." Maybe throw in a few piles of the $850 million his Rush Hour movies have made (just imagine them scattered on the floor or coffee table or wherever). Good. Now you are truly ready to take in this profile of Ratner. I will cite you the best part to get you started:
Among his peers, Mr. Ratner said, there is no such snobbery; as proof he pointed to his friendship with Roman Polanski, the director of Chinatown and Rosemary’s Baby, who appeared in Rush Hour 3 and whose directing chair Mr. Ratner keeps [...]