Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time!
Empire's Guardians Of The Galaxy Cover
Does Star Wars Have A Brain Trust?
Nick Frost:
My Movie Life

The World's End star's pick of the flicks
Subscribe: 6 Issues For £15!
Subscribe today and save 37% off the cover price!
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Guillermo Del Toro Planning "Bizarre" New Film
He wants John Hurt to star
Scarlett Johansson Looking To Say Hail Caesar!
Jonah Hill is also considering the Coens' latest
Alec Baldwin In Talks For Mission: Impossible 5
He may be the head of the CIA
Latest Hunger Games Promo Arrives
The Mockingjay lives!
First Look At Ian McKellen In Mr. Holmes
Sherlock turns 93
Exclusive Trailer For Josef Mengele Drama Wakolda
The Angel of Death in Argentina
New Clip From Michel Gondry's Mood Indigo
Say hello to the pianocktail
New Stills Land From Exodus: Gods And Kings
And Ridley Scott explains what we're in for...
Star Wars: Episode VII To Shoot Partly in IMAX
Big movie, big camera
First Exodus: Gods And Kings Trailer Launches
Ridley Scott sets the dial to 'Biblical Epic'
New Poster For Kevin Smith's Tusk
But the Weinsteins won't fund Clerks 3
Brandon Routh Joins TV's Arrow
Superman becomes The Atom
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
07 July 2014
Exclusive Guardians Of The Galaxy Stills
Galaxies will be guardianed (or something)
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie
Empire Star Rating
Maleficent (2014)
Empire Star Rating
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
Empire Star Rating
August: Osage County (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Kick-Ass 2 (2013)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Ryan Murphy Offered Annie
Glee creator is Sony's top choice

10 February 2011  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Deadline

submit to reddit

With the juggernaut success of Glee, its creator Ryan Murphy is now the The Man when it comes to Hollywood musicals. Not that there are that many of those currently, but his name has been linked with the Oz-riffing Wicked and a new Rocky Horror Picture Show, and now Murphy is top of Sony's wish-list to direct the new Annie.

Annie, as previously reported, is being cooked up by Will Smith and Jay-Z as a star vehicle for Smith's daughter Willow. The line here is "reimagining", so it's not clear yet if we're talking about an updated version of the existing Broadway musical (previously filmed in 1982 and 1999), or an entirely new beast with new songs, only connected to what went before by being adapted from the long-running comic strip.

Last year's The Karate Kid, also part-produced by Smith and starring one of his offspring, turned out to be a happy experience for all concerned. But Willow has a shorter CV than her brother Jaden (although she was in I Am Legend and has had a hit single) so a pair of hands as safe as Murphy's must seem very attractive to the studio. He has that Glee experience of getting strong musical performances out of young actors, and there's also the small matter of Eat, Pray, Love, which he directed for Sony to the tune of $200m in worldwide box office.

On the back of that, Murphy has a $5m deal to make another film with Julia Roberts. Could Annie be it? Julia Roberts for Agatha Hannigan? 


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Five Clips From Paul Hit The Net
Pegg and Frost are spoiling you, we know
Todd Field Accepts The Creed Of Violence
Update: He's got the funds to make it

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Film Studies 101: Ten Movie Formats That Shook The World
The pre-digital innovations that formed modern cinema

Exodus: Gods And Kings: Ridley Scott's Trailer Breakdown
The director talks us through his enormous Biblical epic

Jay Baruchel Talks How To Train Your Dragon 2
From The Human Centipede to the origin of 'Useless reptile'

Spotify Playlist: Now That's What I Call... Richard Linklater!
The Boyhood director has a soundtrack for life

Empire At EIFF 2014: Elijah Wood Q&A
See highlights of our Edinburgh chat with the actor

The Empire Podcast #118: Keira Knightley And Dean DeBlois Interviews
The Begin Again star and How To Train Your Dragon 2 director pop in for a chat

Watch: Industrial Light & Magic's Greatest Hits
From Star Wars to Transformers, we run through some of the best individual moments from the special effects masters

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time Subscribers' Cover

Subscribe today and get the cover and 3 issues for only £10!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £18!
Special 25th anniversary offer for one month only! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)