A reboot of the 1970s cult hit "Shaft" is under development by New Line Cinemas, according The Hollywood Reporter.

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It will reportedly have a comedic bent in its latest incarnation. The eponymous character was first portrayed by Richard Roundtree in 1971 as a private detective hired by a crime lord to retrieve a missing young girl. Roundtree continued the character with two sequels and a short-lived TV version.

In 2000 Samuel L. Jackson carried the franchise as Shaft's nephew in a John Singleton-directed action-thriller that co-starred Vanessa Williams, Toni Collette, Jeffrey Wright and Christian Bale.

So far, no actors have been attached to take on the titular role. Leave your suggestions below.


"The mob wanted Harlem back. They got shaft...up to here."
R1 hr 40 minJun 25th, 1971