Again in February 2015, New Line Cinema introduced they have been creating a Shaft remake, with John Davis producing by means of his Davis Leisure firm. On the time, no author or director had been connected to the challenge, however that has all modified. At present a brand new report claims that Tim Story is in negotiations to direct, from a script by Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow. This report additionally confirms that the challenge will comply with one other relative of Richard Roundtree’s authentic title character.
Deadline reviews that New Line plans to “reinvigorate” the franchise by focusing this reboot on the son of John Shaft, who’s navigating the murky space between regulation enforcement and arranged crime in New York Metropolis. No particular plot particulars have been revealed, however this format may probably enable Richard Roundtree to return as John Shaft, and Samuel L. Jackson to additionally come again as his nephew, additionally named John Shaft. It is not clear if the studio plans on bringing each of these characters again, however it might be potential since it is not an entire reboot.
The unique film launched in 1971, primarily based on Ernest Tidyman’s novel and directed by Gordon Parks, grew to become a cult basic and one of the crucial profitable ‘blaxploittion’ movies of the 1970s. The film, which additionally featured an iconic rating by Isaac Hayes, grossed $13 million from a $500,000 funds. Richard Roundtree returned because the title character in two sequels, 1972s Shaft‘s Huge Rating and 1973’s Shaft in Africa, together with a short-lived Shaft TV collection which solely ran for seven episodes in 1974. The 2000 Shaft remake starring Samuel L. Jackson, which was directed by John Singleton, earned $70.three million domestically and $107.1 million worldwide from a $46 million funds.
Producer John Davis isn’t any stranger to reboots, producing each the unique Predator and the 2010 reboot Predators. He’s additionally returning to provide 20th Century Fox’s The Predator, which will likely be directed by Shane Black. Most not too long ago, he produced The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Victor Frankenstein, Pleasure, and he has been holding busy on the small display as nicely. He at present produces two hit NBC exhibits, The Blacklist and Timeless. He’s additionally producing plenty of upcoming initiatives reminiscent of I, Robotic 2, Promoting Time, Safety, Recreation Night time and Zara.
Tim Story first burst onto the scene along with his hit 2002 comedy Barbershop, which result in a pair of big-budget films, Taxi starring Queen Latifah and Jimmy Fallon in 2004, and Improbable 4 in 2005, with Ioan Gruffuud, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis. He additionally directed Improbable 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Suppose Like a Man, Trip Alongside, Suppose Like a Man 2, Trip Alongside 2 and he has not too long ago been confirmed to return for Trip Alongside three. It stays to be seen when Shaft will begin filming, or when casting will start.