Thursday, May 29, 2008


Variety is reporting that producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura (TRANSFORMERS 1 & 2 and next summer's big-budget G.I. JOE movie) is bringing back Axel Foley for another BEVERLY HILLS COP film. Apparently, ultra-hack Brett Ratner (X-MEN 3, RUSH HOUR 1-3), is in negotiations to direct (nooooo!). Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced the first two installments of the lucrative franchise, is not working on the new film. He wasn't involved either with the John Landis-directed COP 3, which was pretty much a fiasco. No writer is aboard the project yet according to Variety.

In theory, I am not opposed to another COP movie. But it would have to be rated R and it would have to be directed by someone other than Hackner...sorry...I mean Ratner. This guy epitomizes soulless action movie-making and all he'll do is bring his mediocrity with him to this franchise, just as he did with Hannibal Lectre in RED DRAGON and the mutants in X-MEN 3. They should have re-enlisted Bruckheimer, gone R-rated, and hired Tony Scott to direct. Axel Foley can't get neutered like the way John McClane was de-balled in LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD, which was pretty much feces on film. I want to root for this project but in it's current state, I'd say that the chance for success with this one is slim to none.

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