Can't have Axel Foley without 'Axel F'
E Online reports that Axel F, the tune's formal name, will get an updated feel, but not enough to ruin its original magic.
"Why change the song?" director Brett Ratner told the Web site. In fact, Ratner's biggest beef with the floppish Miami Vice remake (with Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx) was that Jan Hammer's theme song was missing.
"I said to [director Michael Mann], 'Why didn't you have it?' " Ratner tells E Online. "He said, 'We're doing something new.' That's like doing Mission Impossible without the theme song."
Beverly Hills Cop 4 is set to go into production next year with a 2010 release date planned.
TOP 5 MOVIE THEMES OF THE '80s:
5. ST. ELMO'S FIRE (listen): Next to Andrew McCarthy's bongo playing and nifty newspaper writing, the score by David Foster stands out over this trapped-in-time movie.
4. CHARIOTS OF FIRE (listen): Satirized more than any other score of the '80s (brilliantly by Chevy Chase in Vacation), the original soundtrack composed by Vangelis won an Academy Award.
3. BEVERLY HILLS COP (listen): You can just picture Foley, Rosewood and Taggart skulking around the grounds of Victor Maitland's house.
2. TOP GUN (listen): It's our buddy, Harold Faltermeyer again here. The entire soundtrack would become one of the most popular albums of the '80s. But the theme song, with Steve Stevens on guitar, just kills. "Time to buzz the tower, Goose."
1. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (listen): Ah, good ole John Williams. He earned a Oscar nod for Raiders' March but lost to Chariots of Fire. Ah, that's okay, we haven't seen the last of these guys.