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Shaft (2019)

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'Shaft' Getting Remake from 'Black-ish' Creator (Exclusive)

New Line wants to give you the shaft.

The company, which opens the reboot of Vacation on Wednesday, is in development on a reboot of Shaft, the cult Blaxploitation movie from the 1970s.

Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow, an executive producer-writer on ABC’s The Goldbergs, have been tapped to write the script.

John Davis, who is producing the upcoming Man from U.N.C.L.E. reboot and the new take on Frankenstein with Victor Frankenstein, is producing with Ira Napoliello. . . .

This new iteration will have a comedic tone but will retain its action roots.

Hollywood Reporter, July 28

 

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Can't remember offhand if I ever actually *reviewed* the 2000 reboot with Samuel L. Jackson (one of the bad guys was played by Christian Bale), but I did interview co-star Jeffrey Wright at the time:

 

In some ways, mainstream movies are still catching up to the original [1971] film’s vision. Not only was the black private dick immortalized by Richard Roundtree willing to sleep with women of any race or colour, he was also chummy with a gay bartender, who was portrayed in refreshingly non-stereotypical terms.

 

“[The bartender] is just there,” Wright observes, “because he lives in New York and he bartends in New York, which is reflective of the way the city is. And in many ways, Gordon Parks’ vision was obviously sophisticated, on that level, in terms of its respect for the kind of cultural milieu that is the city. There are a lot of American television miniseries that are set in New York that don’t show that sophistication, and they’re being shot in the year 2000.”

 

For what it's worth, a friend of mine observed at the time that John Singleton, unlike Gordon Parks, would never let an iconic figure like Shaft sleep with someone outside his race, and I was reminded of that the other day when I came across this article on the rising "progressive" opposition to "brownwashing". (Okay, I admit, that's a bit of a tangent. But I'm curious to see where this new version of the franchise falls on questions like these.)

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Hi John, nice to see you dropping in. 

I agree this looks a bit tired. Maybe they'll pull a Stan Lee and digitally insert Singleton into all future iterations to get at least one round of applause.

 

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Wait a minute, "Grandpa"? Is Samuel L. Jackson supposed to be Richard Roundtree's *son* now? I thought he was Roundtree's *nephew* in the last film.

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Yeah, I walked out. First movie in a long time that I did that for. More because it was bad than offensive. I think the point where Shaft's son threw up over the women at the club was probably the point where I said, "hmmm, if I don't watch the whole thing, can I still call it a Deuce -1?

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