Three generations of Shaft are prominently featured in the first set photo from the upcoming “Shaft” movie starring Jessie T. Usher, Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Roundtree (the original Shaft).
The behind-the-scenes photo was taken in New York City over the weekend as the three leads were decked out to the nines in Musika Frere tailoring. Musika Frere is a hot fashion brand based out of New York which was launched on Instagram by Aleks Musika and Davidson Petit-Frère.
The film is being directed by Tim Story (the “Ride Along” series) and produced by John Davis, Ira Napoliello and “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris, who wrote the script with Alex Barnow.
“Shaft” isn’t just a niche cult classic — it’s a franchise that’s had notable financial success.
MGM’s original “Shaft,” a 1971 blaxploitation film with Richard Roundtree as private detective John Shaft and a soundtrack provided by legendary crooner Isaac Hayes, took in $13 million at the box office on an estimated $500,000 budget. A 2000 John Singleton-directed sequel with Samuel L. Jackson in the title role also featured Vanessa Williams, Jeffrey Wright, Christian Bale and Busta Rhymes. It opened atop the box office and took in $107 million worldwide on an estimated $46 million budget.