Re-SHAFTed: Another Reboot

The black private dick is making another go at the big screen. 

The last time they rebooted Shaft Samuel L Jackson wasn't Nick Fury and Christian Bale wasn't Batman. Hell, the Twin Towers were still standing. Which I guess means it's not too early for a do-over, culturally speaking. But maybe it's too late? 

That isn't stopping New Line, who are working on a new version of Shaft... which technically would be the first reboot, as the 2000 movie was a semi-sequel, with Jackson playing John Shaft's nephew. Yeah, I don't know why either. 

The original Shaft exploded out of a very specific cultural moment and a cinematic movement that doesn't feel all that current right now. What would be interesting would be to make 2015 John Shaft angry, like the original version. Have him be a failry militant character, one who doesn't trust white people and who is at odds with the racist NYPD. I mean, there's no way a major studio does this in the present day, but that's about the only way I could imagine Shaft being relevant in the 21st century... by making him a lot like how he was in the 20th, not watered down. If the movie were a period piece - like the current Shaft comic from Dynamite - it could comment on modern race relations while pretending to be about the past. Maybe that's the way to go. 

In the meantime, let's think about how Macklemore can redo the original Shaft theme.