Today in film and television:Eddie Murphy wants the next Beverly Hills Cop to be a TV show about his son, fresh talk of a Dumb & Dumber sequel 17 years after the original, and Samuel. L. Jackson is the highest grossing actor in movie history.
- Eddie Murphy tells Rolling Stone that he's just not interested enough to reprise the roll of Axel Foley for a fourth Beverly Hills Cop. What he is interested in is "producing a TV show starring Axel Foley's son, and Axel is the chief of police now in Detroit." Murphy says he'd "do the pilot" and show up "here and there," which seems ambitious for a TV series based on an R-rated movie people under 25 have only ever seen on TBS. [Rolling Stone]
- Also in the Rolling Stone interview, Murphy confirmed his longstanding SNL boycott, but suggested things were thawing:
"They were shitty to me on Saturday Night Live a couple of times after I'd left the show. They said some shitty things. There was that David Spade sketch. I made a stink about it, it became part of the folklore. What really irritated me about it at the time was that it was a career shot. I felt shitty about it for years, but now, I don't have none of that."
- After spending years trying to convince a trio of Oscar winners to appear in their Three Stooges movie and winding up with Sean Hayes, the Farrelly Brothers are looking to return to familiar territory with a sequel to their 1994 comedy Dumb & Dumber that would reunite Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. The fact there already has been a sequel -- a terrible sequel, 2002's Dumb & Dumberer -- hasn't scared the brothers away. They've hired a writing team to start work on the script and the whole process is "heating up," says Deadline's Mike Fleming. On the press tour for Mr. Popper's Penguins, Carrey said he and the Farrellys were "maybe talking about another Dumb & Dumber." New Line, presumably, would distribute the sequel, which the Farrellys want to begin shooting next year. [Deadline]
- Oliver Stone will direct the film adaptation of Robert Caro's 1974 Pulitzer winner The Power Broker for HBO. The book is about builder Robert Moses, New York's "master builder" who battled mayors and private citizens, creating Manhattan's urban infrastructure in his own image in the mid-20th century. James Gandolfini is on-board as a producer, and he bears enough of a resemblance to Moses that we wouldn't be shocked to see him play the lead role. Also producing: former Sony Pictures CEO Peter Guber. [The Hollywood Reporter]
- Samuel L. Jackson is the highest grossing actor all-time, according to the Guinness Book of World Record. He's appeared in more than 120 films which combined have grossed a whopping $7.4 billion. It seems like a surprise at first, considering Jackson's ubiquity in direct-to-Netflix fare like Cleaner, but he was in the three most recent Star Wars movies ($2.3 billion combined), plus Jurassic Park ($914 million), plus Die Hard: With a Vengeance, Pulp Fiction, and Captain America, all of which went well over the $100 million mark. [The Hollywood Reporter]