Tim Story to Direct ‘Shaft’ Reboot

Tim Story

“Ride Along” director Tim Story has come on board to direct the latest reboot of “Shaft.”

The film is being produced by John Davis, Ira Napoliello, and “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris, who wrote the script with Alex Barnow.


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The original 1971 version starred Richard Roundtree as a smooth private detective who is 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.

Paramount Pictures rebooted the film in 2002 with Samuel L. Jackson taking over the role and John Singleton writing and directing.

New Line has since acquired the rights to the pic and revved up development after Barris pitched a new idea that excited execs. No meetings have taken place on who would play the titular role.

Story most recently directed “Ride Along 2” following the success of the original “Ride Along,” a runaway hit scoring $134 million at the domestic box office. He also helped helm the “Barbershop” franchise as well as the “The Fantastic Four” series starring Jessica Alba and Michael Chiklis.

He is repped by UTA and attorney Matt Johnson at Ziffren Brittenham. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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  1. Video Vision says:

    Phillip Ayling is 100 percent correct: The composer of the Theme from Shaft is Isaac Hayes, NOT Barry White. That’s not an opinion, it’s not an “alternative fact” — it is a STONE COLD fact. A simple Google search will confirm it. So why has the error in the above article not been corrected? Does editorial integrity and accuracy still mean anything at all to the writers and editors of Variety? Anyone can make a mistake; but once that mistake has been pointed out, it should be corrected.

  2. Phillip Ayling says:

    Isaac Hayes wrote the Oscar winning theme from SHAFT. He also did the score along with J.J. Johnson…not Barry White,
    Too bad there isn’t an online source where professional movie biz journalists could check these things (sarcasm attached).

  3. Rex says:

    Another needless reboot that will do little to erase/replace the memory of the original. All they want to do is re-use cool theme songs that stick in the public’s pop culture subconscious; otherwise there’s no reason other than lazy greed to update something that was done pretty much perfectly the first time around. The 2000 reboot was halfways decent, too, which makes yet ANOTHER re-do all the more unnecessary.

    Frankly, there are DOZENS of old Blacksploitation movies that WOULD be worthy of remakes/reboots precisely because they DON’T have the cache that Shaft brings to the table, and filmmakers would probably have a lot more leeway to create new personas and stories for them.

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