Ever just sit back and wonder…why?
It was first reported back in January that Will Smith and Jay-Z were going to collaborate on a remake of the musical hit simply known as Annie. Coming as no surprise then was the news that it would be Smith’s daughter Willow Smith who would be starring in the lead role of the remake.
Now word is out from Vulture that Oscar-winning screenwriter Emma Thompson is in talks to write the musical remake. It is said that the idea first came up on the set of Men In Black III when Smith and Thompson were chit-chatting during a break from shooting.
The original film was released in 1982 and if you by chance don’t know what Annie was about, then here is the original synopsis:
During the Great Depression in New York City, a plucky red-haired scrapper named Annie (Aileen Quinn) is the voice of hope for her fellow orphans who live under the supervision of drunken floozy Miss Hannigan (Carol Burnett). Annie’s spirit is fueled by the belief that her real parents dropped her off at the orphanage with a half of a locket, promising to return for her with the other half. One day, the dingy orphanage is visited by the sophisticated Grace Farrell (Ann Reinking), personal secretary to conservative politician Oliver Warbucks (Albert Finney). In order to improve his image, Grace brings Annie to the Warbucks estate for a weeklong visit. Annie quickly wins the hearts of servants and politicians alike, eventually even bringing her song of hope, “Tomorrow,” to President Roosevelt in Washington. Warbucks and Grace even go so far as to perform a public search for Annie’s parents, creating an opportunity for Miss Hannigan, Rooster (Tim Curry), and Lily (Bernadette Peters) to scam their way to the reward money. [Fandango]
Annie doesn’t have a set start or release date and no other cast information except for Willow Smith, but as soon as more news is available then you’ll find it here. This is truly one of those moments that someone should reach out to Will Smith’s hand as he reaches for the “remake button” and slaps it while saying “Don’t Touch!”
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