♫ Whooo is the man who will do what he can to direct the Shaft reboot for New Line? ♫ Story! Ya damn right. That’s Story as in Tim Story, the director of the Ride Along movies and frequent Kevin Hart collaborator. Story has reportedly signed on to helm that long-gestating reboot of the classic detective series — so how long before Kevin Hart signs on to play Shaft’s wise-cracking sidekick?
When you watched the Ride Along movies, what did you think to yourself? Did you think, perhaps, that the director of such movies would do well at the helm of an adaptation of a book about an anthropomorphic teddy bear? If you did, that’s a little weird, but you’re getting your wish, as CBS Films has hired Tim Story to direct an adaptation of the children’s book Corduroy.
Just the thought of Ice Cube shouting “Bah, humbug!” is enough to inspire a laughing fit, and while he may not utter that distinctive phrase in his new Christmas movie, he will get downright Scrooge-y for the part. Ice Cube is re-teaming with Ride Along and Barbershop director Tim Story for Humbug, a contemporary take on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
Tim Story admits that he wishes he could have directed his 'Fantastic Four' movies in today's superhero movie climate. Story is quick to point at more complicated villains like Ultron and Thanos and Apocalypse; their cinematic versions all being (we assume) carefully crafted for today's audience. This is opposed to his version of Galactus in 'Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer,' in which one of the most powerful characters in the Marvel universe is reduced to being a large space cloud -- something Story explains was dipping a toe into the waters of that character, instead of going all in like he'd be able to do today. Story also discusses his thoughts on the upcoming Josh Trank reboot of the Fantastic Four, a movie that, if anything, makes Story feel "old."