Will Smith and His Daughter Willow to Remake 'Annie' with Jay-Z?
Since his production company Overbrook Entertainment and son Jaden Smith fared decently at the box office with their remake of The Karate Kid, producer and father Will Smith is now looking to team up with his daughter Willow Smith (already famous for her popular song Whip My Hair) for another remake. Variety reports the father-daughter-duo are working with Sony to develop a remake of Annie, the 1977 Broadway musical about a spunky little orphan girl who desperately wants to find her parents. In addition, rapper Jay-Z (who worked with Willow on her hit song) is in talks to collaborate on the music.
Though the trade notes that the potential remake is still in the developmental stages, when you've got Will Smith and his production company behind a project along with a cute little girl with an established musical career, it's a pretty safe bet Sony will want to make this happen. As for Jay-Z's involvement, I'm a little hesitant to get on board if the musical will be going the hip-hop route to fit in with his musical sensibilities (though he's already sampled Hard Knock-Life for his rap song of the same name). Then again, making the music a little more contemporary rather than the usual flamboyant showtunes we've come to expect from musicals like this might be a welcome update. What do you think?