The new movie version of Annie produced by Jay-Z and Will Smith will begin filming next spring (2013).
The remake will star the actor’s 11-year-old daughter, Willow Smith, who is famous for her 2010 hit ‘Whip My Hair’. Jay-Z, who sampled a song from the classic Annie musical for his 1998 single ‘Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)’, will provide the soundtrack.
The film is being scripted by English actor-screenwriter Emma Thompson, who told the BBC that she has been “writing the script for nearly three years”. The story will be based on the 1982 film adaptation of the original Broadway musical, but will be set in modern day New York.
Discussing the production schedule for the project, Thompson told the BBC: “In the autumn, we get to go to LA to work with Willow and work on more of the script. Jay-Z has already started working on the music. We will start shooting in the spring in New York.”
When asked about working with 11-year-old Willow, daughter of Will Smith and sister of The Karate Kid star Jaden Smith, Thompson replied: “I really like Willow. She is getting so tall. I mean both Willow and Jaden are remarkable.”
The film’s soundtrack is expected to include songs from the original musical alongside new and reworked offerings from Jay-Z. The original production of Annie opened on Broadway in 1977 and ran for six years. The 1982 film version was directed by John Huston and starred Aileen Quinn in the title role alongside Albert Finney, Tim Curry and Carol Burnett.