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Standing in the bay of a speeding Wakandan jet, a member of the African nation's special forces unit – the Dora Milaje – advises their king, T'Challa: "Don't freeze." Calmly, the leader replies "I never freeze." He's assured, regal, radiating a near subzero-temperature sense of cool. And then, donning the mask of the legendary superhero known as the Black Panther, he torpedo drops from the sky. A car explodes beneath him. He effortlessly somersaults through the air, lands sideways on a building in a neon-lit metropolis, races along the building's wall and »
So Netflix is producing another Shaft reboot, almost a two decades after the 2000 reboot starring Samuel L. Jackson in the titular role. However, just as the 2000 film was more sequel than reboot (Jackson was the nephew to the original Shaft, played in all films by Richard Roundtree), so too is this a sequel to the 2000 film, with Jackson reprising his role as that version of Shaft. In fact, Roundtree is expected... Read More »
- Damion Damaske
Tom Jolliffe on the 1970s and why it is the best era in cinema history…
There will always be a great deal of debate about the best era for cinema. For my two cents I’ll say with a great deal of assurance that the best period in cinema history was the 1970’s. There was most certainly a transition through that decade which saw the gritty cinema of the late 60’s onward, into the birth of the blockbuster as we know it today.
You could almost split the 70’s into two categories, although I will make some mention of sub-categories like the Blaxploitation period too. On one hand directors were beginning to really move as far from the traditional classic Hollywood production code as they could. Boundaries were being pushed and optimism was being replaced with deeply pessimistic work. It wasn’t all happy endings. Things were getting dark, reflecting »
- Tom Jolliffe
It looks like director Tim Story’s Shaft reboot won’t be a reboot after all, as Variety is reporting that Samuel L. Jackson is in talks to reprise his role as John Shaft II (nephew of the original John Shaft) from the 2000 movie, with Jessie T. Usher (Survivor’s Remorse, Independence Day: Resurgence) set to play Jackson’s character’s son.
The first Shaft was released in 1971 and saw Richard Roundtree portraying the titular black private dick that’s a sex machine to all the chicks. Roundtree would reprise the role for Shaft’s Big Score and Shaft in Africa, as well as cameoing alongside Samuel L. Jackson in the 2000 film. As yet, there’s no word whether Roundtree will also make an appearance in Story’s new film.
Son of Shaft is set to go down the action-comedy route and aims to “reinvigorate the franchise with a focus »
- Amie Cranswick
There's a new Shaft. Can ya dig it? In the tradition of the franchise since the last installment, we're getting another soft reboot that's also actually a sequel to what's come before. The film series began back in 1971 with the blaxploitation classic Shaft, starring Richard Roundtree as the titular detective, John Shaft. Two sequels arrived over the next two years (Shaft's Big Score! and Shaft in Africa), followed by a TV series also starring the same actor. In 2000, we got a new movie, also titled Shaft, which starred Samuel L. Jackson as the titular detective, John Shaft. But not the same John Shaft. This private dick was the nephew of the original and Roundtree reprised his role briefly once again. The reboot was a...
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- Christopher Campbell
It now appears that rather than being a reboot, the new Shaft movie will actually continue the Shaft saga that's been running since the 1970s, because Samuel L. Jackson is being eyed to return. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. »
There's a new Shaft. Can ya dig it? In the tradition of the franchise since the last installment, we're getting another soft reboot that's also actually a sequel to what's come before. The film series began back in 1971 with the blaxploitation classic Shaft, starring Richard Roundtree as the titular detective, John Shaft. Two sequels arrived over the next two years (Shaft's Big Score! and Shaft in Africa), followed by a TV series also starring the same...
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Eight months after director Tim Story signed on to take the helm of New Line Cinema's Shaft reboot, the project has its new lead, plus two returning stars. Jesse T. Usher (Independence Day: Resurgence) has been chosen to play the son of Samuel L. Jackson's John Shaft in Son of Shaft. Samuel L. Jackson will return as John Shaft from the 2000 New Line reboot, while the original John Shaft, Richard Roundtree, who was established as the uncle of Samuel L. Jackson's character in the reboot, will also return to reprise his role. New Line has yet to set a release date for Son of Shaft, but with this cast coming together, that announcement may be coming soon.
Who's the black private dick that's a sex machine to all the chicks? (Shaft) Ya damn right! Word on the street is that New Line and director Tim Story have chosen Jessie T. Usher as the offspring of detective John Shaft for the studio's forthcoming Son Of Shaft. I can dig that, man. What I can also groove on is that Samuel L. Jackson is said to be negotiating a deal... Read More »
- Steve Seigh
After we all survived the potential peril of Y2K, moviegoers arrived at the cinemas way back in 2000 for a serving of “Shaft.” The remake of the Blaxploitation classic, directed by John Singleton and starring Samuel L. Jackson in the lead role, did relatively well, earning $107 million worldwide off a $47 million budget. But after that, things went quiet. If there were any plans to make a followup, they didn’t really materialize.
- Kevin Jagernauth
The new Shaft movie won’t be another reboot. In fact, it’s going to be a family affair. The newly titled Son of Shaft has cast Jessie T. Usher in the title role, but he’s not coming alone. He’s going to have a little help from his father. And his great uncle. Because it seems that […]
- Jacob Hall
- Timothy Lammers
During the early 1970s. Blaxploitation films were on the rise. Shaft was one of the first, as well as one of the most popular. John Shaft was the private investigator who was "Hotter than Bond, cooler than Bullitt." Played by Richard Roundtree in the original 3 films, Shaft was iconic in the 70s. In the year 2000 there was a requel made starring Samuel L Jackson as John Shaft II, the nephew of Roundtree's John Shaft I. Now it looks like Paramount is looking to continue the franchise with the Son Of Shaft.
- email@example.com (B.C.)
After originally planning a full reboot of the ’70s classic, New Line is reverting back to a familiar formula for the next installment of “Shaft,” while also leaving the door open for a new face to take over the franchise.
The original 1971 version — based on Ernest Tidyman’s novel — starred Richard Roundtree as a smooth private detective who’s hired by a drug lord to find his kidnapped daughter. The character became a pop culture icon and the theme song, written by Isaac Hayes, went on to win an Oscar.
- Justin Kroll
Samuel L. Jackson will also reprise in the upcoming film
- Spencer Perry
Exclusive: New Line and director Tim Story have chosen Jessie T. Usher to play the progeny of detective John Shaft in Son of Shaft, which is gearing up to begin production later this fall. Samuel L. Jackson is negotiating a deal to return to reprise the role he played in the John Singleton-directed reboot of the Gordon Parks-directed 1971 action classic. Also returning, per sources, will be Richard Roundtree, who starred in the original film and returned in the 2000 film… »
- Will Leitch and Tim Grierson
15 August 2017 11:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Tim Story, director of Kevin Hart: What Now? and Ride Along 2, will helm the new film. Sources say the story will center on Usher's character, who is the son of John Shaft. Samuel L. Jackson is in negotiations to return for the new film.
- Rebecca Ford
In the new FX drama Snowfall, it's the summer of 1983 in South Central L.A.: palm trees, fire hydrants, boomboxes and the friendly neighborhood weed dealer. There's a kid named Franklin Saint – he went to a preppie boarding school in the Valley, but instead of moving on to college, he's drifted back to his old mean streets, working nights at a convenience store. By day, he sells pot to the local kids who dance while their radios blast "Jam on It." Across the country, a rap crew from Queens »
Shaft (1971) screens this Friday and Saturday nights (July 21st and 2nd) at midnight at the Tivoli Theater as part of their ‘Reel Late at the Tivoli’ Midnight series.
“Who’s the black private dick that’s a sex machine to all the chicks?”
Shaft was not the first Blaxploitation film but it is the most influential and one of the most memorable. A workaday script was launched into cultural orbit by the charismatic performance of Richard Roundtree and the unforgettable theme song by the late Isaac Hayes. The importance of this movie is not that it was hugely successful (although it was), but that it was among the first produced and performed by a crew and cast that was predominantly black. It proved that there was a significant audience for movies that represented black culture on its own terms and treated the audience with respect. Importantly, Shaft isn’t a »
- Tom Stockman
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