According to a report today states that New Line intend to have a “much more comedic tone” to their Shaft reboot, bringing on board writers Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow. This is a huge disappointment to fans of the character who had hoped for a treatment sympathetic to Ernest Tidyman’s creation.
David F Walker, who made Shaft’s return to the printed page in the recent comic book series and the novel Shaft’s Revenge (the first since The Last Shaft in 1975) has written an open letter to New Line protesting at their proposed approach. I would urge any fans of Shaft and of cinema in general to support his letter and Twitter campaign.
A creatively bankrupt Hollywood strikes again.