Ride Along director Tim Story can dig it.
EW has confirmed that the filmmaker has signed on to helm New Line’s reboot of Shaft, the 1971 film starring Richard Roundtree as John Shaft, the coolest private detective around.
The script for the new project was written by Alex Barnow and Black-ish creator Kenya Barris, who is also set to pen the White Men Can’t Jump remake. Barris will produce the project alongside John Davis and Ira Napoliello.
Roundtree portrayed the title character for three films in the early 1970s, with Samuel L. Jackson taking over in 2000 as the private detective’s nephew in director John Singleton’s entry into the franchise. Deadline, which first reported the news, shares that the new film will follow Shaft’s son.
This is just the latest franchise film for Story. He directed the two Jessica Alba- and Chris Evans-led Fantastic Four films, both Think Like a Man pictures, and the Ride Along series, which he revealed in October is gearing up for another sequel.