The Shaft remake took another step toward reality Tuesday.
New Line signed Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow to write the script, EW confirmed. Both work under the ABC sitcom umbrella, with Barris creating last year’s Black-ish, and Barnow executive producing The Goldbergs.
The studio acquired the rights for Shaft in February, with producer John Davis on board. The original 1971 movie was based on a book released in 1970 and starred Richard Roundtree as the titular gumshoe. Isaac Hayes scored it and garnered two Grammys and an Academy Award for the iconic theme song. Samuel L. Jackson led the 2000 reboot, starring as the first Shaft’s nephew.
Barris, a former America’s Next Top Model and The Game writer, is currently working on the screenplay for Barbershop 3 and a Good Times cinematic adaptation. Barnow penned five episodes of The Golbergs and multiple episodes of Mr. Sunshine, Rules of Engagement, ‘Til Death, and Family Guy.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.