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When it comes to entertainment journalism, there’s news, and then there’s new-to-you. With Eddie Murphy doing an awards season victory lap for his work on “Dolemite Is My Name,” people who had neglected to follow the career of Murphy over the past few years are likely to hear some stories that fell off their radar in the past decade. Some will be new; others will be new-to-you, an opportunity to find out what happened to long-gestating projects that disappeared or got stuck in development ****.
Take Murphy’s recent IndieWire interview. While the whole interview is worth reading – especially the section where Murphy becomes obsessed with finding a photo on his phone – Murphy also shared a story about the “Beverly Hills Cops” story that some audiences may not have heard. Back in 2013, CBS was hard at work on a television adaptation of the popular movie series. The show was set to star Brandon T. Jackson as the son of Murphy’s Axel Foley, and Murphy himself was set to reprise his character in the pilot episode.
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Then, to the surprise of many, CBS declined to order the pilot to series. In his recent IndieWire interview, Murphy claimed that it was his popularity – and lack of desire to do television – that did the whole thing in.
We did it, we shot a pilot for a TV show for “Beverly...
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