A reboot of the classic action film franchise Shaft is in the works at New Line Cinema.
The 1971 Paramount film, described by some as “blaxploitation,” was based on Ernest Tidyman’s novel. The title character, played by Richard Roundtree, was a private detective searching mob neighborhoods in New York City to locate the missing daughter of a crime lord.
The success of the original movie spawned two sequels and a short-lived television series in 1973.
This isn’t the first time the franchise has been rebooted. Back in 2000, Samuel L. Jackson memorably starred as an NYPD cop identified as Roundtree’s nephew in a remake that grossed $70 million domestically.
According to reports, a new African-American actor will be cast as John Shaft. It has not yet been revealed whether his lineage will be a part of the new picture or if filmmakers will start from scratch.
The Shaft reboot is expected to hit theaters in 2017.