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  • In January 2018, it was filmed in the Midtown area of Atlanta, Georgia.
  • This is a sequel to Shaft (2000), which starred Samuel L. Jackson, who returned for this movie.
  • Shaft (2000) was about John Shaft I's nephew, whilst this one is about John Shaft (Samuel L. Jackson)'s son, John Shaft Jr.
  • This film will be released on Netflix streaming services internationally.
  • There is only a 6 year age difference between Richard Roundtree (Shaft I) and Samuel L. Jackson (Shaft II). This is humorously acknowledged in the film when Roundtree rhetorically asks, "How come you look 20 years older than my gray ass?"
  • In 2019, as the trailer made clear, all three generations of the family members named John Shaft exist in the Warner Bros-New Line Cinema-Netflix sequel confusingly also entitled "Shaft". Further to add confusion, with three lead characters sharing the same name, from the original MGM version, the family tree relationships are broken down as; Richard Rountree as (uncle/great-uncle) John Shaft, Samuel L Jackson as (nephew/father) John Shaft (Senior/II from RR version), and Usher as (great-nephew/son) John Shaft (Junior/II from SLJ version/III from RR version).
  • This is the first non-documentary/concert film directed by Tim Story to receive an R rating by the MPAA.
  • At the time of the film's release the main three actors ages are as follows: Roundtree 76, Jackson 70, and Usher 27.
  • At one point in the film Samuel L. Jackson tells his son that he got a real Super Bowl ring from L.T., referring to former NFL player Lawrence Taylor. This is also likely a reference to the previous Shaft (2000) in which Taylor appeared, although he was not playing himself but an actual character in the film.
  • During the montage during the opening credits, footage from the previous Shaft movie is shown but the year says 2001 instead of 2000 when the movie took place.
  • Tim Story who directed Fantastic Four (2005) and Fantastic Four:Rise of the silver surfer(2007), were also based on Marvel Comics, Samuel L Jackson has appeared in several films based on Marvel Comics
  • Alexandria Shipp appeared in X-Men :Apocalypse (2016) and X-Men :Dark Phoenix (2019), Tim Story who directed two Fantastic Four movies , are based on Marvel Comics and put out by 20th Century Fox, now owned by Disney
  • In the beginning of the film, you see a poster for The Lord Of the Rings(2001) in the background, also produced by Warner Brothes/New line cinema


  • John Shaft II (Samuel L. Jackson) complains about being compared to Laurence Fishburne. This is no doubt inspired by an infamous incident in which Jackson dressed down KTLA (Los Angeles) reporter Sam Rubin, who confused him for Fishburne regarding a recent commercial. Further, Jackson and Fishburne were up for the same roles in the '90s. Namely, Pulp Fiction.
  • In Shaft (2000), Richard Roundtree's John Shaft I was referred to as John Shaft II (Samuel L. Jackson)'s uncle. In the 2019 movie, this was retconned so that John Shaft I is John Shaft II's father; giving credence to the "bad father" idea.
  • In the 2000 film Shaft, Richard Roundtree is introduced to us Samuel L. Jackson's uncle. In the 2019 film, Jackson remarks that Roundtree "was a great father, once you stopped pretending to be my uncle". This is no doubt a way to resolve the conflict between the two narratives.
  • In this film, it is explained that John Shaft I (Richard Roundtree) was only pretending to be the uncle of John Shaft II (Samuel L. Jackson) in Shaft (2000), and is in fact his father. Late in the film, Jackson asks Roundtree if he remembers when he told him that he was his uncle.
  • The climactic scene of the Shafts crashing through a window is a hat-tip to the famous shot of Roundtree doing likewise in the 1971 original.
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