Long rumoured to be receiving a fourth instalment in the film series, fans were surprised last year when Eddie Murphy let loose that the Beverly Hills Cop trilogy would be left complete, with a TV series focusing on Axel Foley’s son being produced instead.

“They’re not doing it. What I’m trying to do now is produce a TV show starring Axel Foley’s son, and Axel is the chief of police now in Detroit, I’d do the pilot, show up here and there,” said Murphy. “None of the movie scripts were right; it was trying to force the premise. If you have to force something, you shouldn’t be doing it. It was always a rehash of the old thing. It was always wrong.”

Now Humormill has confirmed that Tropic Thunder actor Brandon T. Jackson has taken the starring role, playing Aaron Foley, a rookie cop on the come up trying to make a name for himself while taking down criminals among the wealthy and powerful in Beverly Hills, a set-up similar to the original film. Eddie Murphy and Shawn Ryan (creator of The Shield) will be producing the series, with Sony Pictures Television also involved.

Jackson, like Murphy, also started out as a comedian, and still appears at clubs and colleges. After graduating from high school he moved to Los Angeles and eventually opened for Wayne Brady and Chris Tucker.

Meanwhile, the three films that make up the Beverly Hills Cop trilogy were released between 1984 and 1994, and grossed over $700 million worldwide, a huge increase over the total $85 million budget. The original film propelled Eddie Murphy to international stardom, won the People’s Choice Award for Favourite Motion Picture, and was nominated for an Oscar and Golden Globe.