Eddie Murphy, wearing a sweatshirt from Detroit's Mumford High School, in a scene from the original 'Beverly Hills Cop.' (Paramout Pictures)
One of Detroit’s most famous cops is set to return to the Motor City.
The Michigan Film Office announced Thursday that the latest installment in the “Beverly Hills Cop” franchise will film in Detroit and its surrounding communities. The movie is set to star Eddie Murphy and will be directed by Brett Ratner (the “Rush Hour” series), with super-producer (and Detroit native) Jerry Bruckheimer producing.
The project was approved for an estimated $13.5 million in tax credits based on spending of more than $56 million in the state. The production is expected to employ more than 350 Michigan workers with a full-time equivalent of 318 jobs, Michigan’s Film Office said in a statement Thursday.
The film revisits Axel Foley (Murphy), who returns to Detroit during the coldest winter on record and adjusts to life following his cushy assignment in Beverly Hills. It is the fourth film in the “Beverly Hills Cop” franchise and the first since 1994, and is expected to open in March 2016.
In the 2014 fiscal year, 12 projects have been awarded a total of nearly $57 million in tax credits based on nearly $220 million of approved in-state expenditures, reps for the Film Office said. The projects are expected to create more than 1,400 hires with a full-time equivalent of 1,148 jobs.