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Beverly Hills Cop 4 Directors Hint At Bad Boys Crossover

Beverly Hills Cop 4 Directors Hint At Bad Boys Crossover

Beverly Hills Cop 4 directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah have hinted that the franchise could be in line for a crossover with the Bad Boys series.

In an interview with Comicbook.com, the filmmaking duo were asked about their work on this year's Bad Boys For Life, the third instalment of the Bad Boys franchise.

When quizzed on which other film character they'd most like to see Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) team up with, they didn't hesitate with their response.

Fallah replied: "Axel Foley, we thought about that already! Because it would be cool if there's, like, really Beverly Hills Cop and Bad Boys together in the same universe, because it's the [famed movie producer] Jerry Bruckheimer universe, so..."

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Eddie Murphy in Beverly Hills Cop. Credit: Paramount
Eddie Murphy in Beverly Hills Cop. Credit: Paramount

It's been more than a quarter of a century since the third Beverly Hills Cop movie was released. A fourth was initially announced soon after it came out, but it's been a long and winding road ever since, with the project abandoned and restarted a number of times in the years that followed.

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In 2016, however, El Arbi and Fallah were brought on as directors for the Netflix-driven movie. And although no release date has been announced yet, it seems that Beverly Hills Cop 4 is getting ever closer to becoming a reality.

Of course, if we've learned anything about this movie it's that it's going to be ready when it's ready. It shouldn't be another 25 years, though.

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Martin Lawrence and Will Smith in Bad Boys For Life. Credit: Sony
Martin Lawrence and Will Smith in Bad Boys For Life. Credit: Sony

"There's a screenwriter whose writing a screenplay now at this point," El Arbi said. "So yeah, we're waiting for first draft and see what happens then."

Whether that first draft will evolve into a crossover of some sort is anyone's guess. That could also be something that comes down the line. Either way, the fact the directors have thought about it and talked about it is encouraging. It's what the world needs right now.

So let's also hope that Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah stay on the project, because they're probably the best bet of making it happen. We're not going to take anything for granted, though...

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Topics: TV and Film

Mischa Pearlmen

Mischa is a freelance journalist usually based in either New York or London. He has written for Kerrang!, Record Collector, NME, the New York Observer and FLOOD magazine, among others. Contact him at [email protected]