And it’s not even April Fools’ day…
But yes, the black private dick that’s a sex machine to all the chicks will be making a comeback, at a theater near you, courtesy of New Line Cinema.
According to The Wrap, a Shaft reboot is indeed in development at New Line, with veteran producer John Davis (the “Predator” franchise, “Chronicle,” and “I, Robot”) on-board to shepherd the project. It’s still early in the process, so no casting announcements yet; nor who will write and direct this new reboot.
Recall that, in 2000, Samuel L. Jackson starred in a reboot of the franchise, as the nephew of the original John Shaft, from the initial 1970s movies that starred Richard Roundtree as the eponymous detective! Jackson will not be starring in this new reboot; it’s an entirely new Shaft, and the role (whether nephew or original Shaft) will be recast.
There’s certainly a growing list of capable young black actors to select from; I’ll leave it to you folks to come up with some appropriate choices for what could be a career-making role for some up-and-comer; especially if New Line plans to make a franchise out of this reboot.
I assume that this will be set in the present-day, and not a period piece, with our hero still the coolest private detective around, who likes his women chic, his cars fast and his clothes expensive, -and takes the fight to those lowlifes, scumballs and vigilantes who prey upon Shaft, those he cares about, as well as other decent, everyday people.
I also assume that the signature theme music by Isaac Hayes will remain, although I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s remixed or contemporized in some way.
Thoughts on this reboot, and who you’d like to see play the part?