Shaft isn't so much a reboot as it is a revival, bringing together all three generations of the Shaft family including original John Shaft played by Richard Roundtree, his nephew played by Samuel L. Jackson and Shaft's son JJ played by Jesse T. Usher. A new red-band trailer has arrived, showing off a hilarious and restricted look at this hard-hitting action drama that pits boomers and millennials on the same crime fighting task force for quite a lot of generational humor.
Warner Bros. is bringing Shaft back to theaters this summer, with a new R-rated adventure for John Shaft, namesake of his uncle. This is Samuel L. Jackson's first sequel in the franchise, with his reboot arriving way back in 2000, nearly twenty years ago.
Tim Story (the Ride Along and Think Like a Man franchises) directs this new take on a legend, starring Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, Kong: Skull Island), Jessie T. Usher (TV's Survivor's Remorse, Almost Christmas), Regina Hall (Girls Trip, Barbershop: The Next Cut), Alexandra Shipp (Straight Outta Compton, X-Men: Apocalypse), Matt Lauria (TV's Kingdom, Friday Night Lights), Titus Welliver (Argo TV's Bosch), Cliff "Method Man" Smith (Keanu, Train Wreck), and Richard Roundtree, the original John Shaft.
JJ, aka John Shaft Jr. (Usher), may be a cyber security expert with a degree from MIT, but to uncover the truth behind his best friend's untimely death, he needs an education only his dad can provide. Absent throughout JJ's youth, the legendary locked-and-loaded John Shaft (Jackson) agrees to help his progeny navigate Harlem's heroin-infested underbelly. And while JJ's own FBI analyst's badge may clash with his dad's trademark leather duster, there's no denying family. Besides, Shaft's got an agenda of his own, and a score to settle that's professional and personal.
The film is produced by John Davis ("Game Night," "Joy") under his Davis Entertainment banner. Shaft is written by Kenya Barris (Girls Trip, TV's Black-ish) & Alex Barnow (TV's The Goldbergs), based upon the character John Shaft from the novel by Ernest Tidyman. Serving as executive producers are Tim Story, Ira Napoliello, Kenya Barris, Marc S. Fischer, Richard Brener and Josh Mack. Story's behind-the-scenes creative team included director of photography Larry Blanford (Ride Along, Tag), production designer Wynn Thomas (Hidden Figures), editor Peter S. Elliot (Ride Along 2), and costume designer Olivia Miles (Ride Along 2). The music is by Christopher Lennertz (Nobody's Fool, Pitch Perfect 3), and Dave Jorden served as music supervisor.
New Line Cinema presents a Davis Entertainment Production, a Tim Story Film, "Shaft" is set for release on June 14, 2019. It will be distributed in North America by Warner Bros. Pictures, and internationally by Netflix. The latest restricted trailer comes from Warner Bros. Pictures.