Brett Ratner, who has been spearheading a new film for Murphy’s character for years, is still attached to direct, with Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol writers Andre Nemec and Josh Applebaum aboard to script more witticisms and get Axel into trouble. Bruckheimer, for whom the character was one of the early big hits when he worked with Don Simpson, is naturally invested in making sure he returns successfully and has been overseeing the script.
Axel, of course, nearly hit smaller screens last year when The Shield’s Shawn Ryan crafted a pilot for a TV version of the series – featuring Percy Jackson’s Brandon T. Jackson as Foley’s cop son and Murphy aboard to guest-star as the older Axel – but the CBS network declined to pick it up. To be honest, Axel’s natural home is the big screen, and though this will serve as a sort of reboot for the series, the presence of Murphy gives us reason to be hopeful. But are they planning to have him hand over the franchise keys down the line? We’d put a banana in the tailpipe of that idea.