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Bill Lawrence and Brett Ratner Are Developing a 'Rush Hour' TV Series

Yet another big-screen comedy is currently in development as a TV series. Deadline reports that an hourlong action comedy based on the hit Rush Hour film franchise is currently in the works at Warner Bros. TV. The series will be written and executive produced by Bill Lawrence, with original Rush Hour director Brett Ratner and producer Arthur Sarkissian on board as executive producers. The series will reportedly be similar to the original film "with a stoic, by-the-book Hong Kong police officer, played in the features by Jackie Chan, assigned to a case in Los Angeles, where he’s forced to work with a cocky black LAPD officer, originally played [...]

Brett Ratner Signs Back On to Direct 'Beverly Hills Cop IV'

Director Brett Ratner is back on board Beverly Hills Cop IV, Deadline reports. Ratner was attached to direct the sequel a couple years ago, but the project was called off when Eddie Murphy was unhappy with the script and backed out. After that, Ratner produced a CBS one-hour pilot for a Beverly Hills Cop spinoff centered on Brandon T. Jackson as Axel Foley's son, Aaron Foley, but the network passed on it and Beverly Hills Cop IV was put back into development in July. Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec, the duo who wrote Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol and the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, are writing the script. This is [...]

Brett Ratner Has Resigned As Oscar Producer; Will Eddie Murphy Still Host?

Following (completely rightful) outrage over his comment that "rehearsal's for fags," Brett Ratner announced this morning that he's resigned from producing the Academy Awards. So…is Eddie Murphy still gonna host, then? He's said in interviews that Ratner brought him in while they were working together on Tower Heist, but it remains to be seen whether he'll stick with the job. Either way, with Ratner out we'll truly never know if this dialogue would've happened.

Eddie Murphy In Talks To Host Oscars

Seeing as how four of his last six acting gigs involved him portraying a cartoon donkey, the idea of Eddie Murphy hosting the Oscars in 2012 makes me want to flap my hands in raw geek excitement. According to Deadline, Oscars' producer Brett Ratner is submitting Murphy's name to the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences today as his choice of host. Luckily for everyone who sat through this year's Franco-thon, Murphy is reportedly "showing interest." Granted, Eddie may be the frontrunner in part because he's starring in Ratner's Tower Heist this fall, but really, the fact that Murphy isn't onstage/in front of a live audience all [...]

'Beverly Hills Cop IV' Set for a Spring 2016 Release

After over a decade in development a new sequel to Beverly Hills Cop is one step closer to happening. Paramount has set a release date for Beverly Hills Cop IV for May 25, 2016, Deadline says. The sequel will find Axel Foley returning to his hometown of Detroit.

As previously reported, Eddie Murphy will be reprising the role of Foley, with Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol writers Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec writing the script and Brett Ratner directing. Beverly Hills Cop IV, which has been in development since in various stages since the late '90s, came close to happening in 2008, also with Murphy and Ratner (script review [...]

Brian Grazer to Replace Brett Ratner as Oscars Producer, Is Trying to Get Eddie Murphy Back

Producer/haircut Brian Grazer has stepped in to replace bearded bro-child Brett Ratner as producer of the Oscars. Ratner had stepped down from the job after speaking the way he normally speaks to friends about gay people and women, but this time did it in front of cameras and microphones. Duh, Brett! That's basic PR stuff: always pretend to not be as gross as you are when microphones are around.

Yesterday, Eddie Murphy also dropped out of hosting the awards, although Grazer is reportedly trying hard to get him back on board. Ratner directed Murphy in Tower Heist, a movie Grazer produced. Whatever happens, we've just [...]

An Imagined Scene From The Academy Awards Writers' Room

For the first time ever (except for every other year), a bunch of comedy screenwriters will gather to work on the telecast for the Oscars this February. The hired writers include Curb Your Enthusiasm's Alec Berg and David Mandel, Tower Heist writers Jeff Nathanson and Ted Griffin, SNL vets Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno's Jon Macks, and Cameron Crowe. Here is an imagined scene from this year's writers' room:

Brett Ratner: Welcome! I wanted to make you feel comfortable, so I've furnished our writers' room with a sofa for each of you to stretch across like Roman emperors. My number one [...]

Billy Crystal Wants to Be Your Oscars Host; Brett Ratner Considers

According to statements he made to a crowd last Friday, Billy Crystal wants to host the Oscars for the ninth time next year, a desire that may or may not be connected to seeing James Franco lumber on stage as a sad, beefy Marilyn Monroe. “They had called and said would you do this thing and honor Bob Hope and that was a kind of cool thing to do,” Crystal said about his cameo at this year's show. “I said okay. I did it, and people wanted to see me, they stood up, and I couldn’t talk for about a minute [while waiting for the ovation to subside]. And, um, I [...]

Looking at the Planned 2008 Version of 'Beverly Hills Cop IV'

"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 [...]

Eddie Murphy Steps Down As Oscar Host

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?

Brett Ratner: The Roman Emperor of Hollywood

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 [...]