Eddie Murphy is making a comeback.
But don't expect the 50-year-old actor to go to clubs, make family movies or another Beverly Hills Cop film.
Murphy, who rarely gives interviews, recently sat down with Rolling Stone to talk about his career, personal life and potential comeback.
I leave my house all the time . . . but I'm not at the Hollywood parties. I'm grown, and where else am I supposed to be? I'm supposed to be at home . . . if I were out in the clubs every night, they'd be saying, 'That's a shame, look at him, 50 years old, he's still out at these clubs,' Murphy told the magazine.
I'm too vain to be a recluse. But homebody, absolutely. I'm 50 years old, beautiful house, I'm supposed to be home, chilling, he added.
Since his slew of family movies in the early 2000s, Murphy has either been out of the spotlight or made forgettable films like Norbit (2007) and Meet Dave (2008). His last non-Shrek film, Imagine That, made $22 million at the box office, even though the film's budget was more than $55 million.
Whether or not this is the comeback Eddie Murphy fans have been waiting for, the funnyman does have a promising year ahead of him.
Murphy's new crime comedy film, Tower Heist, arrives in theaters on Nov. 4. The Brian Grazer-produced picture also stars Ben Stiller, Alan Alda and Matthew Broderick.
In September, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences named Murphy as the host of the 84th Academy Awards, scheduled for Feb. 26, 2012.
I'm enormously honored to join the great list of past Academy Award hosts from Hope to Carson to Crystal, Martin and Goldberg, among others, Murphy said in a statement at the time.
In the last decade, Murphy has acted in a series of family movies, including the Dr. Dolittle franchise and the Shrek installments. But the actor is moving on.
I don't have any interest in that stuff right now . . . there's really no blueprint, but I'm trying to do some edgy stuff, he told Rolling Stone.
And what about the comeback of his other film series, Beverly Hills Cop?
They're not doing it. What I'm trying to do now is produce a TV show starring Axel Foley's son, and Axel is the chief of police now in Detroit . . . none of the movie scripts were right; it was trying to force the premise. If you have to force something, you shouldn't be doing it. it was always a rehash of the old thing. It was always wrong, he said.
Meanwhile, director Brett Ratner, who has been attached to Beverly Hills Cop IV for quite some time, has other plans. (Ratner is also the director of Tower Heist).
We're not close, but I'm hoping in the next few years there will be [a script]. Eddie and I are even setting up some more of his ideas. I'm hoping that we will have a long, fruitful relationship. We're both still very young, believe it or not, Ratner told Collider.
Scroll down for the trailer for Murphy's new film, Tower Heist. The new issue of Rolling Stone with Murphy as the cover man hits newsstands on Friday.