Gordon Parks directed the 1971 movie starring Richard Roundtree, while John Singleton directed Paramount’s reboot featuring Samuel L. Jackson back in 2000.
Jackson’s NYPD detective John Shaft played the nephew of the original John Shaft, and it’s unclear whether New Line’s reboot will continue the Shaft lineage or start from scratch. Either way, a new actor will be cast as the African-American protagonist.
Shaft could be the hero America needs at a time when the country is fraught with racial tension in the wake of fatal incidents in Ferguson, Missouri (Michael Brown), Staten Island, New York (Eric Garner) and Sanford, Florida (Trayvon Martin).
It’s early days, so there’s no word on who might inherit Shaft’s “duty to please that booty,” but Hollywood’s pool of talented black actors has never been deeper, from Anthony Mackie and Jamie Foxx to David Oyelowo and Chadwick Boseman.
Christian Bale, Jeffrey Wright, Vanessa Williams, Elizabeth Banks and Toni Collette co-starred in Singleton’s “Shaft,” which grossed $70 million at the domestic box office, indicating a healthy appetite for the vibrant character.
Source: The Wrap