Variety confirms that everyone’s favorite orphan is getting a reboot, courtesy if Will Smith’s production company, with daughter Willow Smith set to star. Smith’s production company is teaming with Jay-Z to form a new movie-making joint venture and ANNIE is on the list.
The remake will be a musical, which is great because all little girls like to sing songs from ANNIE. Jay-Z also likes to sing songs from ANNIE, so the new version will sound something like this:
And yes, she is usually known as a redhead and everyone is going to go bonkers over this but, guess what, we live in a multicultural society now and WIllow Smith is an adorable kid who already has an album in the works.
ANNIE is based on Harold Gray’s classic comic strip, which provided an adventurous mirror of Depression-era America, as the plucky orphan was continually separated from her guardian, the ultra-rich Daddy Warbucks. A previous version of the ANNIE musical was filmed in 1982 by John Huston, with Albert Finnney as Daddy Warbucks and Aileen Quinn as Annie. Quinn acts occasionally, but mostly works as a drama teacher in New Jersey these days.