Shaft

a/k/a Son of Shaft

Release Date:  6/14/2019; In Theaters
Genre:   Drama
Rating:  R
Director:   Tim Story
Studio(s):  Davis Entertainment, Khalabo Ink Society, New Line Cinema, Netflix
Running time:  111 mins.

Cast:  Richard Roundtree, Samuel L. Jackson (John Shaft), Jessie T. Usher, Alexandra Shipp, Avan Jogia, Regina Hall, Matt Lauria (Cutty), Method Man (Freddie P.), Isaach De Bankolé (Gordito), Method Man.

Story:  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 coat, there’s no denying family. Besides, Shaft’s got an agenda of his own, and a score to settle that’s professional and personal.  Source:  IMDB.

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Details:   Avan Jogia has been cast in New Line’s reboot of Shaft. He joins previously announced cast members Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher, Regina Hall, Alexandra Shipp and Richard Roundtree.  Tim Story will direct a script from Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow which will follow a nerdy FBI agent who launches his own investigation after his friend dies under suspicious circumstances. Needing help with the case, he reluctantly enlists the help from his estranged father — the legendary, stuck-in-the-80s-but-still-cool-as-hell titular John Shaft.

New Line and Netflix are partnering on this film with Netflix financing more than half the film’s high $30M budget for international rights and will stream Shaft outside of the U.S. after New Line releases it theatrically domestically.  

Back in 1971, Gordon Parks helmed the now-classic blaxploitation film Shaft, starring Richard Roundtree as John Shaft, the black private dick who’s a sex machine to all the chicks. The film spawned a few sequels, and then in 2000, John Singleton directed a remake starring Samuel L. Jackson in the title role. The Singleton/Jackson version went light on the lady killer aspects of the original, and instead focused on a murder mystery.  Source(s):  Slash Film; Deadline.  Photo Source:  Movieweb.

 

Chi-Raq

Chi-RaqRelease Date:  12/4/15
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  Unknown
Running Time:  Unknown
Studio(s):  40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, Amazon Studios
Director:  Spike Lee
Cast:  Nick Cannon (Chi-Raq), Teyonah Parris (Lysistrata), Anya Engel-Adams (Rasheeda), Wesley Snipes (Cyclops), Angela Bassett (Miss Helen), Michelle Mitchenor (Indigo), Ebony Joy (Marcy), Felicia Pearson (Dania), Samuel L. Jackson (Dolmedes), La La Anthony (Hecuba), Val Warner (Electra Johnson), Jennifer Hudson (Irene), John Cusack (Fr. Mike Corridan), D.B. Sweeney (Mayor McCloud), Steve Harris (Ole Duke).

Story:  According to Shadow and Act ,Teyonah Parris is playing the central character, in a story set against the backdrop of Chicago’s gun violence, and said to be a modern spin on the Greek comedy “Lysistrata” – the women of Greece refused to have sex with their husbands, all in an effort to bring an end to the Peloponnesian War, via the signing of a peace treaty. In Spike’s film, the story will center on a woman’s quest to end gang warfare in Chicago, likely via similar methods as used by Lysistra.  Possibly in consideration of an Awards season run (pre-screenings for the film have apparently impressed audiences so far) as an Oscar-qualifying run, Amazon Studios has set the release date for Spike Lee’s curious Chi-Raq, for December 4, in a theatrical release deal that involves both Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate.

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Details:  Deadline reported on 10/29/15, that the film is inspired by the Greek comedy Lysistrata but it has a hot-button subject, and that is one of the reasons it will be released five weeks out. The film is set in Chicago’s South Side, and covers the subjects of gang violence and clashes with police, a subject that most certainly has been in the news.

In April Shadow and Act wrote that the film has caused something of a firestorm in Chicago, with many people publicity speaking out in the media against the film – especially against the title, which they say further perpetrates the image of Chicago as Dodge City in 1885; Shootouts and drive-bys with people being killed left and right every day, everywhere. Source(s): Deadline, Shadow and Act, IMDB.

Black Phantom

Status:  Script (as of June 1, 2017)
Release Date: TBA
Genre:  Comedy
Rating:  Not Available
Studio: Screen Gems (Sony)
Director: Tim Story
Cast:  Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Hart

Plot Summary:  According to Deadline on 8/6/14, the film is an outrageously inappropriate comedy where no topic is off limits in an odd partnership formed between a clever double-crossed mob hitman (Hart) and notorious hit man The Black Phantom, who has been hired to kill him. Source: Coming soon; Deadline.