Will Smith's Annie Remake Confirmed

By Will LeBlanc 2011-01-26 14:17:51discussion comments
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For those of you who have had enough of Will Smith and his too-talented family, this is not news for you. Earlier this week we heard rumors here that Will was working on a remake of Annie . In a press release issued this morning, that rumor was confirmed. Smith and his Overbrook Entertainment company are partnering with Jay-Z to bring Annie back to the big screen, a feat that has not been attempted since Disney’s 1999 version.

Annie originated on Broadway where it continues to fill theaters and earn awards yearly, but this new take will be a little different. Smith’s 10-year-old platinum-selling recording artist daughter Willow will fill the role of the previously ginger character. With the inclusion of Jay-Z, who sampled “It’s A Hard Knock Life” in his 1999 song “Hard Knock Life”, expect an edgier, urban take on the classic tale of little orphan Annie.

Overbrook partner James Lassiter had this to say about working with Jay-Z:
We are excited to partner together to develop and produce a wide variety of films with our longtime friend JAY-Z, with whom we share a common global vision, both commercially and philosophically, and look forward to collaborating once again with the incredibly talented executives at Sony.

Overbrook has had a lot of success so far and chances are they’ll keep the trend going with Annie. No other casting news beyond Willow Smith, but since Overbrook’s credits include Ali, Hitch, The Pursuit of Happyness and I am Legend, expect Will Smith to peak his head in there somewhere. More on this as more roles get filled.
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