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Eddie Murphy’s ‘Beverly Hills Cop,’ Gerard Butler’s ‘Geostorm’ Facing Off in 2016

Paramount and Warner Bros. have set up a confrontation between Eddie Murphy and Gerard Butler for spring 2016.

Paramount announced Friday afternoon that the fourth “Beverly Hills Cop” would open on March 25, 2016. Within a few minutes, Warner Bros. said that 3D sci-fier “Geostorm,” starring Butler, would go on the same date.

In “Cop,” Murphy will return to play his popular Axel Foley character. This time, he leaves his gig as a Beverly Hills detective for the mean streets of Detroit during the coldest winter on record.

Jerry Bruckheimer, who moved his first-look deal from Disney to Paramount last year, is producing, with Brett Ratner directing from a script by Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec. Lorenzo di Bonaventura exec produces.

The original “Beverly Hills Cop” was a smash success in 1984 with $300 million in worldwide grosses. The second film opened in 1987 and the third came in 1994 with the three films grossing a total of $735 million worldwide.

Warner Bros. tapped Butler three weeks ago to star in “Geostorm,” the feature directorial debut of Dean Devlin, who teamed with Roland Emmerich to produce 1996′s “Independence Day.”

Devlin’s Electric Entertainment is producing “Geostorm” with Skydance Productions. Producers are Devlin, Skydance’s David Ellison and Dana Goldberg and Electric Entertainment’s Marc Roskin and Rachel Olschan.

Warner Bros. picked up the project after it went into turnaround at Paramount. Devlin also wrote “Geostorm,” which centers on a satellite designer who tries to prevent disaster when the world’s climate-control satellites fail to function.

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