DETROIT (CBS Detroit/AP) - Eddie Murphy is returning to his role as Axel Foley in a new installment of the Beverly Hills Cop movie series, with shooting taking place in Detroit and environs and release expected in March 2016.
The Michigan Film Office announced Thursday that Brett Ratner will direct and Jerry Bruckheimer will produce the film for Paramount Pictures.
"We are excited to welcome Axel Foley and the Beverly Hills Cop franchise back to Michigan," said Margaret O'Riley, director of the Michigan Film Office. "This project will highlight locations throughout metro Detroit that speak to the city's heritage while making significant investments in the community by hiring Michigan workers and local businesses."
In the update to the franchise, the Foley character leaves his work as a Beverly Hills police detective during a record-cold winter to help with an investigation.
The film office says it has approved $13.5 million in incentives for the film, based on an estimated $56.6 million of projected expenses in the state. The state says the film will employ about 352 Michigan workers.
In Fiscal Year 2014, 12 projects have been awarded a total of $56,995,553 on $219,694,344 of approved production expenditures for the year, according to the Film Office. In total, the projects are expected to create 1,445 hires with a full time equivalent of 1,148 jobs.
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