The cop comedy is heading to the small screen

By Josh Rottenberg
November 23, 2012 at 05:00 AM EST

Nearly three decades after Eddie Murphy rocketed to big-screen superstardom as fish-out-of-water cop Axel Foley, ”Beverly Hills Cop” is heading to the small screen — but this time there will be a new Foley raising ruckus in the 90210. Actor and comedian Brandon T. Jackson, 28, has signed on to play Axel Foley’s son, Aaron Foley, in a pilot for a CBS update of the action-comedy franchise, which will be executive-produced by Eddie Murphy and Shawn Ryan (The Shield). ”Aaron’s a blue-collar cop from Detroit, and he’s trying to get out of his dad’s shadow and make a name for himself,” Jackson explains. ”He moves to L.A. and wants to be in the LAPD, where it’s rougher, but Axel doesn’t want him to do those cases.” Amazingly, Jackson — who himself grew up in Detroit and had a breakout role in 2008 as rapper Alpa Chino in the comedy Tropic Thunder — landed the lead in this new Beverly Hills Cop without an audition. It seems Murphy has had his eye on the actor for quite a while. ”You’d hear people talking in the comedy clubs — ‘Eddie Murphy wants to get ahold of you’ — but I didn’t believe it,” Jackson says. ”I met with Shawn Ryan and we hit it off, and he told me Eddie was looking at me. Then I saw Eddie at Spike TV’s Eddie Murphy: One Night Only and he was like, ‘Man, we’re going to make this script real hot.’ It was like an out-of-body experience.” Murphy is set to appear in the pilot and, if the series gets picked up, will make regular appearances. ”He plays the captain, so he’s checking on me,” says Jackson, who will be seen in next summer’s Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. ”I want us to solve some cases together, get into some trouble together. That would be really cool.” Paging Judge Reinhold!