Shaft (2019 film)

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Shaft (2019) film poster.png
Theatrical poster
Directed byTim Story
Produced by
Screenplay by
Based onShaft
by Ernest Tidyman
Music byChristopher Lennertz
CinematographyLarry Blanford
Edited byConrad Buff IV
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures (United States)
Netflix (International)
Release date
  • June 14, 2019 (2019-06-14) (United States)[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$30 million[2]

Shaft is an upcoming 2019 American action comedy film[3] directed by Tim Story and written by Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow. The film stars Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie Usher, and Richard Roundtree. It will be released theatrically in the United States on June 14, 2019[4] with a world wide release on Netflix two weeks later.[2] It is the fifth film in the Shaft film series and a sequel to Shaft (2000), however, unlike its predecessor, which was distributed by Paramount Pictures, this film is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.


John Shaft III (Jessie Usher) is an FBI agent[5] and a cybersecurity expert with a degree from MIT.[6] After his best friend dies due to suspicious circumstances, he turns to his estranged father - the legendary John Shaft II (Samuel L. Jackson) - to uncover the truth. Father and son must navigate the Harlem underworld to solve the crime. Along the way they team up with the first generation John Shaft (Richard Roundtree).



On February 18, 2015, it was announced that New Line Cinema had acquired the rights to the Shaft franchise based on the famous police character, John Shaft, and would develop a new film within the series along with producer John Davis of Davis Entertainment.[7] On July 28, 2015, it was reported that Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow would be writing the script for the new film, which would also be produced by Ira Napoliello.[8] On January 20, 2017, the studio hired Tim Story to direct the film.[9] On August 18, 2017, Jessie Usher was cast to play the lead role as the son of Samuel L. Jackson's John Shaft II from the 2000 film, titled Son of Shaft, while Richard Roundtree and Jackson would reprise their roles from the previous films.[5]

In October 2017, Netflix signed a deal with New Line Cinema to cover more than half of the film's $30 million budget in exchange for the rights, which allowed Netflix to release the film on its platform outside of the United States two weeks after the theatrical release in the U.S.[2]

Filming began in February 2018.[10] It was reported that the film already wrapped up production in the early part of the year but the cast went back to re-shoot some scenes in Atlanta in August 2018.[11]


  1. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (November 29, 2017). "Warner Bros. Moves 'Tag' Up, Sets 2019 Release For 'Shaft' & 'The Goldfinch'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Fleming Jr, Mike (October 2, 2017). "Netflix Makes 'Shaft' Reboot Deal That Could Change The Model For Urban-Themed Films". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
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  4. ^ McNary, Dave (November 29, 2017). "'Shaft' Sequel and Ansel Elgort's 'Goldfinch' Get 2019 Release Dates". Variety. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Jr, Mike Fleming (August 18, 2017). "Jessie T. Usher Tapped As Son Of Shaft; Samuel L. Jackson, Richard Roundtree Reprise". Deadline. Retrieved August 19, 2017.
  6. ^ Butler, Karen (January 20, 2018). "Samuel L. Jackson and Jessie T. Usher back to work on 'Shaft'". UPI. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  7. ^ Sneider, Jeff (February 18, 2015). "'Shaft' Reboot in the Works at New Line With 'Predator' Producer (Exclusive)". TheWrap. Retrieved August 19, 2017.
  8. ^ Kit, Borys (July 28, 2015). "'Shaft' Getting Remake from 'Black-ish' Creator (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 19, 2017.
  9. ^ Jr, Mike Fleming (January 20, 2017). "Tim Story To Direct New Version Of 'Shaft' For New Line". Deadline. Retrieved August 19, 2017.
  10. ^ Burwick, Kevin (February 2, 2018). "3 Generations of Shaft Unite as Son of Shaft Begins Shooting". MovieWeb.
  11. ^ "Casting Call! Shaft returns for re-shoots!". WXIA. Retrieved 2018-11-07.

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