Tim Story on Reviving the Shaft Franchise, Tom and Jerry, and Monopoly
Over the previous weekend, Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema threw a junket for his or her upcoming action-comedy Shaft, which as you possibly can collect from the title is certainly a reboot and a sequel to the 1971 and 2000 films of the identical title.
This time round, Samuel L. Jackson’s John Shaft and Richard Roundtree’s John Shaft are joined by Jessie T. Usher’s John Shaft, Jr, a much more PC model of his foul-mouthed detective father, who has to name upon Jackson’s Shaft to assist him with a case. This model of Shaft is way more like a buddy comedy with Jackson and Usher attempting to know and work with the opposite.
I had an opportunity to talk to the movie’s director Tim Story (Assume Like a Man, Experience Alongside) over the weekend — sitting on a stoop on 119th Road, no much less — and we spoke about quite a lot of issues apart from the return of Shaft.
- His first experiences seeing the unique Richard Roundtree Shaft
- How he first heard in regards to the latest model of Shaft and what he thought he might carry to it
- What finally satisfied him he’d be proper for Shaft
- The influences he bought from John Singleton’s 2000 Shaft film
- Getting Jessie Usher to play the “son of Shaft” and the way arduous it was discovering the precise actor
- What having stronger girls characters like Regina Corridor’s Maya delivered to the “Shaftverse”
- He talks about what he needs to carry to his Tom and Jerry film, which is due out in 2021.
- How he’s optimistic that the Monopoly film he’s growing with Kevin Hart will occur.
Shaft hits theaters on June 14.