15 years after Paramount's Shaft reboot starring Samuel L. Jackson, New Line Cinema has acquired the rights to the franchise to produce a new Shaft reboot with producer John Davis and his Davis Entertainment company. The project currently doesn't have a writer or director attached quite yet.
The original Shaft, starring Richard Roundtree, hit theaters in 1971, following private investigator John Shaft as he takes on a case to find a crime lord's daughter. The original classic, directed by Gordon Parks, spawned the sequels Shaft's Big Score! (1972), Shaft in Africa (1973) and a short-lived Shaft TV series which only lasted two episodes in 1973.
Samuel L. Jackson played an NYPD detective and the nephew of the original Shaft in director John Singleton's 2000 reboot. It isn't clear if New Line will continue to use John Shaft's lineage for the reboot, or if they will start over from scratch, although New Line will cast a new African-American actor as the title character. John Davis is well-versed in reboots, producing both the original Predator and the 2010 reboot Predators. He is also producing The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Victor Frankenstein and Joy, opening in theaters later this year.