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Regina Hall joins the Shaft sequel

Variety is reporting that Regina Hall (Girls Trip) has become the latest addition to the cast of the upcoming Shaft sequel / reboot, which is being directed by Tim Story (Ride Along).

The new film will see both Richard Roundtree and Samuel L. Jackson reprising their roles as John Shaft and his nephew John Shaft II, while Jesse T. Usher (Independence Day: Resurgence) plays Jackson’s son, John Shaft Jr. Also featuring in the cast is Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse).

The loginline for the new film reads: “Working for the FBI, estranged from his father and determined not to be anything like him, John Shaft Jr. reluctantly enlists his father’s help to find out who killed his best friend Karim and bring down a drug-trafficking/money-laundering operation in NYC.”

Production on Shaft is set to get underway this month, and the film is slated for release on June 14th 2019.

The
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Regina Hall in Talks to Join Samuel L. Jackson in 'Shaft' Sequel

Regina Hall in Talks to Join Samuel L. Jackson in 'Shaft' Sequel
Regina Hall is in negotiations to join New Line Cinema's Shaft sequel, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Tim Story is directing the movie, which is seen as a continuation of the story of the private detective that first appeared in the 1971 blaxploitation action pic that became a pop culture phenomenon. Samuel L. Jackson is reprising the role he first played in John Singleton's 2000 update, with Jessie T. Usher playing Shaft's son. Hall is in talks to play Shaft's former love interest and Usher's onscreen mother. Alexandra Shipp and the original Shaft, Richard Roundtree, are among the confirmed cast.

Kenya Barris and...
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Regina Hall to Co-Star in ‘Shaft’ Sequel With Samuel L. Jackson (Exclusive)

Regina Hall to Co-Star in ‘Shaft’ Sequel With Samuel L. Jackson (Exclusive)
Regina Hall has joined the cast of New Line’s latest installment in the “Shaft” franchise opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Jessie T. Usher, sources tell Variety.

Hall will play a former love interest of John Shaft and the younger Shaft’s mother. Alexandra Shipp and the original Shaft, Richard Roundtree, are also on board.

Tim Story is directing from a script by Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow. Barris and John Davis are producing. Marc Fischer and Ira Napoliello are exec producing.

The movie follows Usher, a nerdy FBI agent who, after his friend dies under suspicious circumstances, launches his own investigation, reluctantly enlisting help from his estranged father — the legendary, stuck-in-the-’80s-but-still-cool John Shaft.

MGM’s 1971 blaxploitation film was based on Ernest Tidyman’s novel and directed by Gordon Parks. John Shaft was portrayed by Roundtree, who navigates mob neighborhoods in New York City to find a mobster’s missing daughter.

The film was
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Super Fly remake in development at Sony

Variety is reporting that Sony Pictures is developing a remake of the 1972 blaxploitation classic Super Fly, tapping Watchmen screenwriter Alex Tse to pen the script.

Directed by Gordon Parks Jr. (the son of Gordon Parks, director of Shaft), Super Fly saw Ron O’Neal as Priest Youngblood, a cocaine dealer looking for one final major score before retiring. O’Neal was joined in the cast by Sheila Frazier, Julius Harris and Charles McGregor, while the film is also notable for its score by Curtis Mayfield, with the soundtrack outgrossing the film’s box office earnings.

Joel Silver is set to produce the remake, which Sony is hoping will lead to a series of films. The studio is already in the process of identifying possible actors for the title role.

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Super Fly Remake Is Happening with Watchmen Writer

Super Fly Remake Is Happening with Watchmen Writer
Things are about to get a lot more fly over at Sony. The studio has secured the rights to the 1972 classic blaxploitation film Super Fly and they're currently in the early stages of getting a remake off the ground. The studio has hired Alex Tse, best known for writing the big screen adaptation of Watchmen for Zack Snyder, to pen the screenplay for the remake. It sounds like Sony is pretty aggressively trying to get this movie made, as they're reportedly already putting together a list of actors for the lead role.

In case you aren't familiar, the original Super Fly centers on a character named Priest (Ron O'Neal). A suave top-rung New York City drug dealer decides that he wants to get out of his dangerous trade. Working with his reluctant friend, Eddie (Carl Lee), Priest devises a scheme that will allow him to make a big deal and then retire.
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Super Fly remake in the works

Tony Sokol Dec 1, 2017

Warner Bros is pursuing a new take on the 1970s hit, Super Fly...

Super Fly is the latest movie to get a remake, it's been revealed. And it's got a bit of a bar to live up to.

Curtis Mayfield’s soundtrack for the 1972 classic street hustler film Super Fly was as cinematic as the movie it was recorded for, for example. The title track and the song “Freddy’s Dead” bounced off the sidewalks of America and soared on the charts. Songs like “Pusherman” and “Little Child” were heartbreaking snippets of the dual realities of uptown street life.

The screenplay for Super Fly will be written by Alex Tse, who wrote Watchmen and Spike Lee’s under-appreciated Sucker Free City. The director and star hasn’t been named yet. But the big question, for this writer, is who will score?

Video of Pusherman Scene - Super Fly
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Shaft: movie reboot gets a summer release date

Simon Brew Nov 30, 2017

The new take on Shaft heads to cinemas in the summer of 2019. Details this way...

Warner Bros is now definitely pressing ahead with another reboot of Shaft, the character we first saw on our screens in the 1971 box office hit. Back then, he was played by Richard Roundtree (pictured), with Samuel L Jackson assuming the role for a 2000 reboot.

This time around, the film will focus on the nephew of John Shaft, who happens to be an FBI computer analyst. Samuel L Jackson is reprising the role of Shaft, and Jessie Usher is also in the cast this time.

Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow are penning the new film, and Warner Bros has given the movie a prime summer release slot. It’ll be in cinemas on June 14th 2019 in the Us, with the UK release date likely to reflect that too. Tim Story (Ride Along, the
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‘Shaft’ Rides to Summer, ‘The Goldfinch’ Steals Awards Release in 2019

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‘Shaft’ Rides to Summer, ‘The Goldfinch’ Steals Awards Release in 2019
Samuel L. Jackson’s new take on “Shaft’ and an anticipated adaptation of “The Goldfinch” are both hitting theaters in the second half of 2019, Warner Bros. announced on Wednesday. Jackson will star in an updated telling of the private investigator character, from the ’70s film that later became an icon of the blaxploitation movie genre, when WB’s New Line Cinema label releases it on June 19, 2019. Netflix will finance half the project and exclusively stream the film outside the U.S., initial reports said. “black-ish” creator Kenya Barris is producing and co-writing the script, which sees Shaft’s straight-laced FBI agent son.
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‘Shaft’ Sequel and Ansel Elgort’s ‘Goldfinch’ Get 2019 Release Dates

‘Shaft’ Sequel and Ansel Elgort’s ‘Goldfinch’ Get 2019 Release Dates
Warner Bros. has set its “Shaft” sequel for June 14, 2019, and given its Sarah Paulson-Ansel Elgort drama “The Goldfinch” an Oct. 11, 2019, opening.

Shaft” stars Samuel L. Jackson and Jessie T. Usher as father and son along with Alexandra Shipp. Tim Story is directing from a script by Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow. Jackson is reprising the role he played in the 2000 “Shaft” reboot of the original 1971 blaxploitation film, starring Richard Roundtree.

Usher portrays an FBI agent and a cyber expert, and the partnership with his father is an uneasy collision of old school meets new school. Producers are John Davis and Barris. New Line will have North American rights and Netflix will have international rights.

Paulson and Elgort star in “The Goldfinch” along with “Dunkirk” actor Aneurin Barnard. Based on Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer-winning book, “The Goldfinch” tells the story of a young man who survives a terrorist bombing at an art museum that kills his mother
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'Shaft' Lands Prime Summer 2019 Release, Followed by 'The Goldfinch' in Fall

'Shaft' Lands Prime Summer 2019 Release, Followed by 'The Goldfinch' in Fall
Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema's Shaft reboot has landed a prime summer release date.

The movie, directed by Tim Story and starring Jessie T. Usher opposite Samuel L. Jackson, is set to debut in theaters June 14, 2019. Sources say the story will center on Usher's character, who is the son of John Shaft.

The first Shaft movie hit theaters in 1971 and starred Richard Roundtree as the titular private detective who is hired to rescue a Harlem mobster’s kidnapped daughter. The film was a box-office hit for MGM, earning $13 million, and Isaac Hayes' theme won the Oscar...
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‘Super Fly’ Remake in Works at Sony With ‘Watchmen’ Scribe (Exclusive)

‘Super Fly’ Remake in Works at Sony With ‘Watchmen’ Scribe (Exclusive)
In an effort to continue to fill their slate with fresh IP, Sony has closed a development deal for the rights to the classic blaxploitation pic “Superfly,” with “Watchmen” scribe Alex Tse penning the script.

The film is inspired by the 1972 classic, which starred Ron O’Neal as Priest, a cocaine dealer looking to score one more super deal and retire. The movie was directed by Gordon Parks Jr., the son of Gordon Parks, who directed another blaxploitation classic “Shaft” — one of the staples in the early years of the genre that took the ’70s by storm.

While the film is a cult hit, its soundtrack may be even more popular. Composed by R&B legend Curtis Mayfield, the soundtrack would go on to become the only to outgross its film’s box office earnings.

The movie eventually got a sequel, “Super Fly T.N.T.” Sony hopes the latest version will lead to a series of films
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Sharla Sumpter Bridgett Tapped as President of The Story Company

Sharla Sumpter Bridgett Tapped as President of The Story Company
Tim Story’s the Story Company has hired veteran producer and executive Sharla Sumpter Bridgett as president of production for the company.

Story has directed “Barbershop,” the two “Ride Along” movies, the two “Think Like a Man” titles, “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer,” and “Fantastic Four” and is attached to New Line’s “Shaft,” starring Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher, and Alexandra Shipp. His films have grossed over $1 billion at the box office, making him the first African-American director to cross that milestone.

Story is currently a director and executive producer for Showtime’s half-hour comedy series “White Famous,” loosely based on the life of Jamie Foxx with Jay Pharoah starring.

“It has been my goal to build a production company where I am able to produce quality film and television projects in addition to my directing career,” said Story, who is CEO. “Sharla’s exceptional taste and ability to develop great material fits seamlessly
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Movie Talk: ‘Justice League’ May Lose Up To $100 Million

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (Wednesday November 22nd, 2017) Dennis Tzeng, Jon Schnepp, Perri Nemiroff, Ashley Mova discuss the following: Justice League projected to lose between $50-100 million for WB Batman will appear in the Flashpoint movie, Geoff Johns confirms John Lasseter taking leave of absence from Pixar amid "missteps" Murder on the Orient Express sequel in the works at Fox Alexandra Shipp in final talks to join Samuel L. Jackson in Shaft Mail Bag Live Twitter Questions …
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X-Men: Apocalypse’s Alexandra Shipp joins the new Shaft movie

Deadline is reporting that X-Men: Apocalypse star Alexandra Shipp has signed on to appear alongside Jesse T. Usher, Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Roundtree in the new Shaft movie from director Tim Story (Fantastic Four, Ride Along).

The film, which is being produced by New Line Cinema and Netflix, will see Independence Day: Resurgence’s Usher as John Shaft Jr., the son of Samuel L. Jackson’s John Shaft II, who is himself the nephew of Richard Roundtree’s John Shaft.

The logline for the film reads: “Working for the FBI, estranged from his father and determined not to be anything like him, John Shaft Jr. reluctantly enlists his father’s help to find out who killed his best friend Karim and bring down a drug-trafficking/money-laundering operation in NYC.”

Shaft is set to begin production next month. Shipp was most recently seen alongside Deadpool star Brianna Hildebrand in Tragedy Girls,
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Shaft Reboot Gets X-Men: Apocalypse Star Alexandra Shipp

Shaft Reboot Gets X-Men: Apocalypse Star Alexandra Shipp
The cast for New Line Cinema's Shaft is getting bigger and bigger, with actress Alexandra Shipp in final negotiations to play the female lead. No details about the character have been given at this time, but she will join a cast that includes Samuel L. Jackson as John Shaft from the 2000 New Line Cinema remake, and Richard Roundtree as his uncle, also John Shaft, from the original 1971 movie. Jesse T. Usher also came aboard in August to play John Shaft Jr., the estranged son of Samuel L. Jackson's character.

While this project was originally believed to be a Shaft reboot when it was first put into development at Davis Entertainment in 2015, it seems this will follow the continuity of the entire franchise, bringing back both Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Roundtree to reprise their roles. It isn't clear if Alexandra Shipp's character also has a familial connection to the Shaft family,
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Film News Roundup: Alexandra Shipp in Talks for ‘Shaft’ Sequel

Film News Roundup: Alexandra Shipp in Talks for ‘Shaft’ Sequel
In today’s film news roundup, Alexandra Shipp is in talks to join the “Shaft” sequel, the Palm Springs Film Festival honors Gary Oldman and Norm Newberry gets an Art Directors Guild award.

Casting

Alexandra Shipp is in negotiations to star in New Line’s “Shaft” sequel opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Jessie T. Usher as father and son.

Tim Story is directing from a script by Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow. Jackson is reprising the role he played in the 2000 “Shaft” reboot of the original 1971 blaxploitation film, starring Richard Roundtree.

Usher portrays an FBI agent and a cyber expert, and the partnership with his father is an uneasy collision of old school meets new school. Producers are John Davis and Barris. New Line will have North American rights and Netflix will have international rights.

Production is due to commence in December. Shipp’s credits include “Straight Outta Compton” and “X-Men: Apocalypse” and she stars in the
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X-Men's Alexandra Shipp in talks to join Samuel L. Jackson in Shaft

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Although she may not be bringing her weather-based powers along with her, Deadline reports that Alexandra Shipp, who played Storm in X-men: Apocalypse, is in final negotiations to join the cast of Shaft, a continuation of the blaxploitation franchise which began in 1971. The new Shaft film will star Jessie T. Usher as John Shaft. Jr, the son of Samuel L. Jackson's character from John... Read More...
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Alexandra Shipp In Final Negotiations To Join Samuel L. Jackson, Richard Roundtree In ‘Shaft’

Alexandra Shipp In Final Negotiations To Join Samuel L. Jackson, Richard Roundtree In ‘Shaft’
Exclusive: Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse, Straight Outta Compton) is in final negotiations as the female lead in the reboot of Shaft from director Tim Story and producers John Davis and Kenya Barris. Shipp joins Samuel L. Jackson, Richard Roundtree (who starred in the original) and Jesse T. Usher. The production goes before the cameras next month. New Line and Netflix are partnering on this film with Netflix financing more than half the film's high $30M budget for…
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Alexandra Shipp in Talks to Join Samuel L. Jackson in 'Shaft' Reboot

Alexandra Shipp in Talks to Join Samuel L. Jackson in 'Shaft' Reboot
Alexandra Shipp, perhaps best known for playing Storm in the X-Men prequel movies, is in talks to join Samuel L. Jackson in Shaft.

Tim Story is directing the movie, which is seen as a continuation of the story of the private detective that first appeared in the 1970s blaxploitation action movie that became a pop culture phenomenon.

Jackson is reprising the role he first played in the 2000 update directed by John Singleton, while Jessie T. Usher has been cast to play Shaft's son, who, after long being estranged from his father, finds himself teamed up with him. The son is...
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Top 10 Takeaways From Variety’s Inclusion Summit

Top 10 Takeaways From Variety’s Inclusion Summit
Here are the biggest takeaways from Variety‘s Inclusion Summit, held on Wednesday at the Montage Beverly Hills.

1. Skepticism remains a major obstacle for women reporting sexual misconduct: Attorney and civil rights activist Anita Hill proved to be a timely keynote speaker at Variety‘s Inclusion Summit. Hill, who testified before an all-male Senate Judiciary Committee about her sexual harasser, then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, said female accusers face deep skepticism when speaking out. “One of the things that really is troubling to me,” Hill said, is that “it still takes about 30 women to come forward before one woman is believed. … Our word is as valuable as the word of our abusers.”

2. Diverse casting in films boosts box office performance: CAA agent Talitha Watkins presented data by the agency that analyzed the diversity of film casts since 2014 and compared those films’ weekend box office performances to that of non-diverse films. The data show
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