Can you dig it? "Shaft" is back.
The sequel, written by "black-ish" creator Kenya Barris and directed by Tim Story, would follow up on the 2000 reboot. The original 1971 blaxploitation film starred Richard Roundtree as John Shaft, a private detective who goes up against gangsters in Harlem.
The reboot, directed by John Singleton, centered on the original Shaft's nephew (Jackson), an NYPD detective who investigates a racially-charged murder. Both moves were box office successes.
As Variety notes, this new "Shaft" sequel seems like a way of passing the torch to a younger actor to take over the franchise, much like "Creed" did with Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan or "Blade Runner 2049" with Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling.