*New Line Cinema garnered the rights to the “Shaft” franchise. This means a reboot is underway with producer John Davis attached, according to The Wrap.
Jackson played the nephew of the original Shaft. There’s no word yet on whether or not New Line’s reboot will continue on the Shaft family tree.
Nevertheless, a new Shaft will be cast. It’s too early to tell who will play the smooth NYPD detective next, but Hollywood has options from a pool of Black actors.