Rumor has it that New Line Cinema and Netflix are close to closing on a deal to begin production on an untitled Shaft reboot. According to Deadline, Netflix will pay more than half the film’s high $30 million budget, in exchange for international rights and the ability to put the film on its streaming outside the U.S. two weeks after New Line releases theatrically in the United States. The film will begin production in December.
Sources have said the deal has been in the works for the past several weeks and the film will follow a traditional domestic roll out from theatrical to SVOD and DVD through the Warner Bros machine. The Shaft reboot has a script that has been penned by Kenya Barris (Black-ish) and will star Samuel L. Jackson in the role of John Shaft, who in 2000 played the nephew of the New York City private eye first seen in the Gordon Parks-directed 1971 action classic. Independence Day: Resurgence and Staz’ Survivor’s Remorse star Jessie T. Usher is set to play Shaft’s son, this after a long search to fill a potential star making role. He will play a young cyber expert FBI agent who, despite being estranged from his father, is forced to work with him on a case. It becomes a collision between old school and new school. Richard Roundtree is also expected to reprise his iconic role, as he did in the John Singleton-directed 2000 film.