More cool news from Cool Town, you guys. From Variety:
In his latest keep-it-in-the-family move, Will Smith is exploring with Sony the potential for a remake of “Annie,” with daughter Willow as the star, sources say.
Smith, who developed “The Karate Kid” starring his son Jaden, would produce through his Overbrook shingle.
While details about the “Annie” retooling are still in development stages, rapper Jay-Z, who worked with Willow on her pop hit “Whip My Hair,” is in talks to collaborate on the music.
Verrrry neat. It’s especially cool that Will Smith is developing the project ($$$), will produce the project ($$$), and is planning to cast a minor over whose income he has full legal control ($$$). It’s just fun stuff. And Willow Smith would be a great new Annie! Especially if they modify the script so that instead of being an orphan she just starts off as a rich girl in a mansion and is just a rich girl in a mansion the whole time. I think a character like that would be someone Willow Smith could really breath some life into. Now the only question is who will play Carlton?! (Because The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air starring Jaden Smith Sr. was basically like Annie in a lot of ways if you think about it is what I’m saying. These guys get it.)