SHAFT Reboot In The Works February 20, 2015 Can Ya Dig It? New reboot on the way… Jeff Snider over at TheWrap has word that a reboot of ‘Shaft’ is on the cards at New Line with John Davis of Davis Entertainment (‘Predator,’ ‘Chronicle,’ ‘Behind Enemy Lines’) attached to produce. The cool, hard-hitting private eye, created by novelist Ernest Tidyman, was famously brought to the big screen with the Gordon Parks-directed 1971 movie starring Richard Roundtree, and the sequels ‘Shaft’s Big Score’ in 1972, and 1973’s ‘Shaft in Africa.’ Roundtree reprised the role for a short-lived TV series that ran from 1973-74. A sequel of sorts arrived in cinemas back in 2000. That film, directed by John Singleton, saw Samuel L. Jackson playing Shaft’s nephew (also named John Shaft). With the new film so early in development, it means that there is no word on whether it will be starting from scratch or continuing the Shaft lineage.