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 Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe To Empire!
Get 12 issues from just £25
Must-Have Movie Collectibles
Bid on some classic memorabilia
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
Leonardo DiCaprio Moves To The Crowded Room
He'll produce and may star in the true-life tale
James Franco In Talks For Why Him?
Could he be the boyfriend from hell?
Kristen Stewart On For Kelly Reichardt's New Drama
She'll play a lawyer
Adventure Time Heads To Cinemas
Finn and Jake go big (screen)
Meet Lady Penelope And Brains In New Thunderbirds Are Go! Images
Parker, fetch the Rolls...
Focus Is Sharp At The Top Of The US Box Office
The Lazarus Effect arises in fifth
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
26 February 2015
World First Look At Dave Bautista's Mr. Hinx In Spectre
And Lea Seydoux's Dr. Swann will see you now...
Exclusive: Four New Fantastic Four Stills Arrive
Teller! Mara! Bell! Jordan! Mole Man!
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
Bill
21 August 2015
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
Focus (2015)
Empire Star Rating
Le Jour Se Lève
Empire Star Rating
Moebius (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie
Empire Star Rating
Maleficent (2014)
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


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Empire's New Spectre Issue Covers
First look at Bond 24 in Empire's April issue

Vote For The Jameson Empire Awards 2015!
Your mission is clear...

The Oscars: Who Won What?
The winners, the losers, the dresses, the suits...

The Empire Podcast Oscars 2015 Special
The team's take on the 87th Academy Awards

Sleeping Beauties: The Story Behind 12 Of Cinema's Unlikeliest Hits
They came, they saw, they surprisingly conquered

Writer / Director Dan Gilroy Reveals 8 Nightcrawler Secrets
On Jake Gyllenhaal's hand-slicing mirror smash and more...

Robert Downey Jr. On Age Of Ultron
Tomorrow: Mark Ruffalo talks Bruce Banner...

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

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 £25!
Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month 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  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)