Sony Wants Glee's Ryan Murphy for Willow Smith's 'Annie' Musical
You may remember reading the news a couple of weeks ago that Will Smith's daughter Willow Smith was looking to enter the acting game with a remake of Annie, the 1977 Broadway musical about a spunky little orphan girl who desperately wants to find her parents. Yes, there was quite a commotion, but Deadline has even more news to shake things up. Apparently Sony's top choice for a director is Ryan Murphy, the Glee co-creator who's soaking up the Hollywood fame because the show is such a hit. As we already know, Jay-Z is on-board for the music and more, and Overbrook Entertainment is producing in a deal at Sony Pictures.
Of course, no deal with Murphy is signed yet, it's "early days" as Fleming says. Don't forget, in addition to his work on Glee, Ryan Murphy did also direct Running with Scissors and last year's Eat Pray Love, so he does have some big screen experience as well. 20th Century Fox also wants Murphy for their Rocky Horror Picture Show big screen remake, since the Glee episode of the same was a success, and now it sounds like Sony wants him to get his Glee-on with Willow Smith and Annie as well. Anyone wanna bet we'll see some Glee kids in this? We'll let you know how things progress at Sony, but I wouldn't mind seeing this happen, he's a talented guy. I do enjoy Glee and I'm happy to see musicals made by people with a passion for them.
In related news, Access Hollywood posted a story about Willow Smith hyping up some names for this exact project. They asked her who she would want to play her father "Oliver" in this Annie remake. Her answer? "Brad Pitt!" But, of course, that's not confirmation. "We're just going to have to wait for that," she added. Apparently she's been learning from watching Justin Bieber (eck!) so let's hope that means her dancing isn't too bad. That's all we've got, but watch out, as this Annie musical sounds like it's coming together quickly.