*“Survivor’s Remorse” star Jessie T. Usher is in talks to star in New Line’s “Shaft” sequel, “Son of Shaft,” directed by Tim Story, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The story will reportedly center on the son of John Shaft, with Samuel L. Jackson in negotiations to return for the elder role.
“Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow wrote the script, and Barris is producing with John Davis and Ira Napoliello.
The original “Shaft” in 1971 starred Richard Roundtree as the private detective hired to rescue a Harlem mobster’s kidnapped daughter. The film was a box office hit for MGM, earning $13 million, and the theme song won the Oscar for best original score. The film was added to the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 2000.
There were two sequels, “Shaft’s Big Score” (1972) and “Shaft in Africa” (1973), along with the 2000 sequel, also called “Shaft,” that starred Jackson as the original John Shaft’s nephew, also named John Shaft.
Usher’s STARZ series “Survivor’s Remorse” premieres its fourth season on Aug. 20. On the big screen, Usher was most recently seen in the reboot “Independence Day: Resurgence” (playing the son of Will Smith’s character) and hit ensemble comedy “Almost Christmas.” He’s wrapped work on thriller “Ride” with Bella Thorne and the indie drama “Stronghold,” which he also produced.