Eddie Murphy back in ‘Beverly Hills’

It looks like a  fourth installment of ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ is on the cards.

Eddie Murphy is attached to reprise his role as Detroit detective Axel Foley, and Brett Ratner is negotiating to direct. The film currently has no script, but the studio is aiming for a 2009 production start and a summer 2010 release.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura will produce. Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced the original ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ trilogy with late partner Don Simpson, won’t be actively involved in the new film.

That film was also produced by Di Bonaventura, who is working on the summer 2009 releases “G.I. Joe” and “Transformers 2.”

Released in 1984, the original “Beverly Hills Cop” grossed $316 million worldwide and spawned two sequels. All told, the three pics grossed $712.9 million worldwide. The last was released in 1994.

EXTRAs: Director Ratner has been developing the Hugh Hefner biopic ‘Playboy’. Robert Downey Jr. is currently in talks to play Hefner.