Who is the Man Getting a Reboot at New Line? 'Shaft,' Ya Damn Right
It looks like the detective who is on duty to please that booty will be heading to be big screen yet again. The Wrap reports that New Line has picked up the rights to Shaft and is now developing a feature film reboot of the iconic black detective with prdocuer John Davis and Davis Entertainment on board. Shaft has a long history on the big screen with the original film hitting theaters in 1971 with Richard Roundtree originating the iconic role. Then back in 2000 it was Samuel L. Jackson inherited the role in the film directed by John Singleton at Paramount Pictures, and you may not remember but Christian Bale starred in that version.
But now a new actor will be sought to play Shaft, though it's unclear if this will start the Shaft legacy from scratch or whether he'll have connections to the original character. The 2000 film actually had Jackson as the nephew of the original John Shaft, whose name also just happened to be John Shaft. The project is just now heading into development, so there's no word on who the studio might have in mind, but we're betting David Oyelowo will probably be sought (though we hope he passes). Can't we just create a new black detective character with a compelling story instead of relying on the legacy of Shaft? I guess not.