The Ride Along director is taking over yet another reboot of the iconic Blaxploitation super-cop character.
Shaft is getting another outing on our screens, and if you're anything like this writer you're an easy mark for American crime stories about action-detectives, and the storied Blaxploitation heritage is an added bonus. The thing is, it's being helmed by none other than Tim Story, who while to a certain extent is a good choice from a genre history point of view (the best and most subversive Blaxploitation films generally have people of colour, or at least their point of view, behind the camera as well as in front of it), might not be the calibre of film-maker to match up to that.
Story is probably best known as the director of the Ride Along movies, but was also behind such pictures as the 2005 and 2007 Fantastic Four movies, and 2004's Taxi. Let's get real - those are some not incredible movies right there. Not strictly bad, but not exactly critical darlings either. On the plus side, Story is by no means untalented, and he's at least competent with handling genre trappings, especially involving car chases and crime-busting cops. He's also good at creating a fun tone, which to be honest is no mean feat. A good sign for Shaft? Maybe, but we'll just have to wait and see.
Also on the plus side is the possibility of writer Kenya Barris still being involved, who notably created Black-ish, a show that's earned plaudits for its exploration of Black cultural identity in modern America.
No release dates yet for the Shaft reboot - it's super early in pre-production.