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Will Smith Preparing Annie Remake?
Potential vehicle for daughter Willow

20 January 2011  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Variety

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This sounds like an April fool, but it's only January so we ought to give some credence to Variety's report that Will Smith is setting up an Annie remake at Sony, with Jay-Z at work on the music, and Smith's daughter Willow set for the title role. It's a hard knock life for Willow. 'Stead of kisses, she gets movies.

This wouldn't be the first time Smith has produced a star vehicle for his progeny of course: last summer's Karate Kid was the same kind of deal for Jaden, and its $350m box office gross isn't likely to harm Annie's chances of going ahead. Willow already has a hit single under her belt in the form of the dodgy-sounding Whip My Hair, and isn't a movie novice either: she was in I Am Legend with her dad.

Jay-Z clearly has a thing for showtunes, having sampled Annie's Hard Knock Life and Oliver's I'd Do Anything. Variety's sources are staying tight-lipped about the new Annie's potential score though. Given that Little Orphan Annie was a comic strip long before it was a musical, and long afterwards too (it ran from 1924 and until last summer) the line here is possibly "new adaptation" rather than "remake", which would at least be an interesting direction, and might mean completely new music.

Time will tell, since Annie 2.0 is still at the development stage. We're guessing its unlikely that the film will take the final strip's bizarre direction of having Annie kidnapped by a Balkan war criminal though.


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RE: Annie
OH DEAR, OH DEAR ! Another offshoot to the Smith empire. Oh well spose he's gotta do something till he runs for Prez in about 2017 or 2021. More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 14:29 on 21 January 2011 | Report This Post

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L: cra1gs Enough of Will Smith. hat'll do for me. More

Posted by UTB at 12:48 on 21 January 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Will Smith Preparing Annie Remake?
No doubt this will mean another hip-hop version of that hard knock life song..   Anyone know where I can buy a machine gun? More

Posted by Discodez at 12:43 on 21 January 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Will Smith Preparing Annie Remake?
Oh dear God no. I saw his daughter's music video on MTV over Christmas and couldn't change the channel faster. Honestly is there really a demand for movies starring Will Smith's kids? More

Posted by Tech_Noir at 12:17 on 21 January 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Annie
Will buckets be available? Cos this is a vomit-fest if ever I heard one. More

Posted by wgfuzzydunlop1 at 21:04 on 20 January 2011 | Report This Post

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Enough of Will Smith's kids already. The man himself is great, thou a few questionable films of late. However His kids as movie stars is not something I want to see or pushed down my throat. More

Posted by cra1gs at 19:30 on 20 January 2011 | Report This Post

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