Shaft Reboot On the Way

Shaft

Who’s the black private dick that’s a sex machine to all the chicks?

You’re damn right, there’s a Shaft reboot on the way.

The Wrap is reporting that New Line Cinema has picked up the rights to the Shaft franchise, with John Davis (Predator, I, Robot) attached to produce under his Davis Entertainment banner.

There’s no word as to whether or not the new film will continue the character’s family lineage, after John Singleton’s Samuel L. Jackson-starring 2000 reboot followed the nephew of the original John Shaft.

The original 1971 blaxploitation picture followed the lady-loving private detective (played by Richard Roundtree) as he travelled through Harlem and Italian mob neighbourhoods in the search for a black mobster’s missing daughter. Two sequels, Shaft’s Big Score (1972) and Shaft in Africa (1973), followed.

The time is ripe for a gritty action film with a black lead, and, as The Wrap states, “Hollywood’s pool of talented black actors has never been deeper.”