A reboot of the Blaxploitation film “Shaft” is headed to the big screen courtesy of New Line Cinema, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “Blackish” creator Kenya Barris and “The Goldbergs” writer/Executive Producer Alex Barnow are on board to pen the script, which will have a comedic tone.
The original film, which debuted in 1971 based on Ernest Tidyman’s novels, followed private detective John Shaft (Richard Roundtree), who is tasked with locating a missing girl in Harlem. A forerunner of the Blaxploitation genre, “Shaft” has achieved cult status, with help from its iconic soundtrack by Isaac Hayes. The film also got a 21st century makeover in 2000 with a John Singleton-directed movie starring Samuel L. Jackson as Shaft’s nephew.
John Davis (“The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”) and Ira Napoliello will produce.
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