'Shaft' Lands Prime Summer 2019 Release, Followed by 'The Goldfinch' in Fall

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Jessie T. Usher

Warner Bros. also announced it is moving up 2018 summer comedy 'Tag' by two weeks.

Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema's Shaft reboot has landed a prime summer release date.

The movie, directed by Tim Story and starring Jessie T. Usher opposite Samuel L. Jackson, is set to debut in theaters June 14, 2019. Sources say the story will center on Usher's character, who is the son of John Shaft.

The first Shaft movie hit theaters in 1971 and starred Richard Roundtree as the titular private detective who is hired to rescue a Harlem mobster’s kidnapped daughter. The film was a box-office hit for MGM, earning $13 million, and Isaac Hayes' theme won the Oscar for best original song. The film was added to the 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 follow-up, also called Shaft, which starred Jackson as the nephew of the original John Shaft.

Warner Bros. on Wednesday also announced that it will open The Goldfinch on Oct. 11, 2019. The film adaptation of Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel will be directed by John Crowley and star Ansel Elgort and Sarah Paulson. The story focuses on a boy whose mother dies in a terrorist attack at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Warners is partnering with Amazon Studios on the movie.

In a third move, Warner Bros. is moving up the release of New Line's ensemble comedy Tag from June 29, 2018, to June 15. Isla Fisher, Ed Helms, Jeremy Renner, Jake Johnson, Hannibal Buress, Jon Hamm, Annabelle Wallis and Rashida Jones star in the pic.

Tag, directed by Jeff Tomsic, is based on a true story that was featured in The Wall Street Journal about a group of friends who have been playing a no-holds-barred version of the children’s game Tag for the last 30 years. Mark Steilen and Rob McKittrick penned the script.

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