New Line Cinema Hires Tim Story to Direct its 'Shaft' Reboot
Director Tim Story of Fox's first two Fantastic Four films has been pegged to helm the Shaft reboot for New Line Cinema. Of recent, Story has directed films like Ride Along (1 and 2), and will now look to remodel the film from 2000 that starred Samuel L. Jackson.
That film too was a reboot, where Jackson actually played the legendary detective's nephew. The new film, too, will be a loose sequel, focusing on the son of John Shaft. It is to be set in New York City, and is being written by Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow.
Shaft was originally a novel from 1970 written by Ernest Tidyman. Its first feature film reached the big screen in 1971. Two sequels followed in the subsequent years, before a short lived CBS series aired in '73.