He is best known for the earlier, wackier two Fantastic Four films and the two Ride Along movies, but Tim Story is the man now entrusted with the latest attempt to reboot the Shaft concept.
News arrive via Deadline that New Line Cinema have hired Story to direct the new take on the idea, following the 1971 version and its sequels (with Richard Roundtree as the title character) and the last remake featuring Samuel L. Jackson as Shaft's nephew in 2000. According to Deadline, the studio is looking to keep most of the plot details a secret, but the site has heard that it will focus on the son of John Shaft, who has also taken up the mantle of private eye who exists on the shadowy border between law and order, and investigates organised crime in New York City.
Sitcom creator Kenya Barris (Black-ish) wrote the current draft of the script with Alex Barnow (The Goldbergs), and Story joining the film means it will now move to the casting stage. Could this be the time we see Kevin Hart playing Shaft? Unlikely, but anything can happen at this point.