♫ 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?
Back in February, we heard that New Line acquired the rights to Shaft with plans to reboot the franchise, hopefully with more success than John Singleton’s 2000 effort starring Samuel L. Jackson. New Line has reportedly found a strong creative voice to reinvigorate the franchise in Kenya Barris, creator of the acclaimed TV show Black-ish.
It was just 15 years ago that Paramount released a Shaft reboot with Samuel L. Jackson taking on the iconic role originated by Richard Roundtree in Gordon Parks’ 1971 film. But since that didn’t exactly kick off a new franchise, we’re apparently getting a do-over. New Line Cinema has picked up the rights to Shaft, which means we’re getting a whole new reboot. Ya damn right.