TheWrap reports that New Line Cinemas has acquired the rights to the classic blaxploitation property Shaft, and because it’s the thing to do these days, they’re already green lit yet another reboot of the series.
Gordon Parks directed the original 1971 flick starring Richard Roundtree and John Singleton directed the 2000 remake starring Samuel L. Jackson. Jackson’s Shaft was the nephew of Roundtree’s according to series continuity, but so far we have no word if this is a hard reboot of the entire series or if the family tree will be expanded any further.
So many questions left unanswered? Who’s directing? Who’s starring? Will this new reboot have the same energy as the first two? Will contemporary race relations amid the killings of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and Trayvon Martin fit into the story at all? Now that blaxploitation homages like Undercover Brother and Black Dynamite have reintroduced the genre to a whole new generation, is it time for the real thing in earnest? Will the music be on point? Only time will tell. You damn right!