On Thursday, the Associated Press reported that Murphy will return to his role as Axel Foley, Brett Ratner will direct and Jerry Bruckheimer will produce the film for Paramount Pictures.
The Michigan Film Office estimated that filmmakers will spend $56.6 million in the state and employ about 352 Michigan workers.
In the update to the franchise, the Foley character leaves his work as a Beverly Hills police detective “during the coldest winter on record to navigate the new rules and old enemies in one of America’s most tenacious cities,” the film office said. Murphy starred in the first “Beverly Hills Cop” movie in 1984, also produced by Bruckheimer, and it was that year’s top-grossing movie in North America at $235 million. Sequels followed in 1987 and 1994. The new movie has a March 2016 release date.
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