There's a new Shaft movie on the way, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Roundtree.

News Tony Sokol

Feb 20, 2018

Who’s the black private dick that’s a sex machine to all the chicks? Shaft! Damn right and New Line is bringing the man that would risk his neck for his brother man back to the big screen. Shaft is gonna be made again. Can ya dig it? Richard Roundtree is returning to the title that made him in a screen icon, but not as the lead. The upcoming reboot of Shaft will star Samuel L. Jackson, Jesse T. Usher, and Alexandra Shipp.

Tim Story, who be directed BarbershopFantastic Four, Fantastic Four 2: Rise of the Silver SurferRide Along and Kevin Hart: What Now?, will helm New Line’s Shaft reboot. The screenplay for the new action comedy Shaft is written by Kenya Barris (creator of Black-ish) and Alex Barnow (The Goldbergs). According to reports, it “will have a comedic tone but…retain its action roots.” 

Check out the first photo of three generations of Shafts…

According to the official synopsis:

“Working for the FBI, estranged from his father and determined not to be anything like him, John Shaft Jr. reluctantly enlists his father’s help to find out who killed his best friend Karim and bring down a drug-trafficking/money-laundering operation in NYC.”

The Shaft remake will be produced by John Davis of Davis Entertainment. Davis produced the original Predator and the 2010 sequel Predators. He also put together the The Man From U.N.C.L.E. reboot, directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Henry Cavill.

Shaft started out as a novel by Ernest Tidyman that was published in 1970. New York City private detective John Shaft is a complicated man who takes the job of finding a mobster’s missing daughter. Gordon Parks directed the film adaptation in 1971. The movie made Richard Roundtree, currently doing an extended stint on Chicago Fire, an icon. Shaft took Hollywood behind the middle school and produced two sequels, Shaft’s Big Score in 1972 and Shaft in Africa in 1973.

In 2000, John Singleton directed a loose sequel featuring Samuel L. Jackson as the nephew of the original badass, Christian Bale, Jeffrey Wright, Vanessa Williams, Elizabeth Banks and Toni Collette for Paramount. The new film, which sees Jackson reprising his role, just landed itself a prime release date of June 14, 2019.