New York police detective John Shaft arrests Walter Wade Jr. for a racially motivated slaying. But the only eyewitness disappears, and Wade jumps bail for Switzerland. Two years later Wade returns to face trial, confident his money and influence will get him acquitted -- especially since he's paid a drug kingpin to kill the witness.
- Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller
- Studio: Paramount, Scott Rudin Productions, New Deal Productions, Munich Film Partners & Company (MFP) GHS Productions, Shaft Productions
- Keyword: new york city, sibling relationship, corruption, italian american, based on novel or book, drug dealer, remake, revenge, murder, drugs, police officer, xenophobia, lucifer morningstar, african american
- Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Vanessa Williams, Jeffrey Wright, Christian Bale, Busta Rhymes, Dan Hedaya