Today’s fun movie fact: Michael Eisner, who was head of Paramount Pictures, came up with the film's concept in 1975. While driving an old station wagon that he first owned in New York City, Eisner was stopped for speeding on the freeway. The police officer treated him with condescension due to the condition of his vehicle. Eisner realized how much status in Los Angeles, CA, was driven by materialism, and reportedly exchanged the station wagon for a Mercedes Benz the following day. However, he became dedicated to enshrining the event in a film about a Beverly Hills policeman. In the coming years, Eisner remained dissatisfied with potential scripts until Daniel Petrie, Jr., who had never been credited as a feature film writer, submitted his screenplay in September 1983.