Annie." A film I grew up with, one that was one of my first theatrical experiences. Now its seems that Will Smith has joined up with Jay-Z and Overbrook Entertainment to remake the classic musical with Smith's daughter Willow. Read the full details below...
Last year Smith used his stature to get a remake of The Karate Kid in theaters with his pubescent son Jayden. Now this year he's decided to pimp his daughter Willow on to the big screen. Unlike Jayden, Willow already has herself a growing career from her hit single "Whip My Hair" and it seems Smith thinks is prime time to get her even more in the limelight and on the silver screen.
Smith and the powers behind Overbrook Entertainment believe they are developing a superstar. Even Columbia Pictures President Doug Belgrad has joined the bandwagon and exclaims, "The time is right to bring back ANNIE to the big screen. Of course, we’re true believers in Willow's talent and believe she will be perfect in this role."
It may seem like an exaggeration now, but how far off are we from seeing Jayden Smith in a remake of E.T., Flight of the Navigator, D.A.R.Y.L., Cloak and Dagger or Just One of the Guys? Or maybe we see Willow in Savannah Smiles, Pipi Longstocking or The Journey of Natty Gann remake. I am disgusted by this news not because it is a remake, but because Smith is using his power to make it happen.
One last note, just because Jay-Z bit a song from Annie and turned it into a hit, doesn't mean he's needs to be on this project. The whole thing stinks. On a positive note, here's hoping that Jayden and Willow Smith turn out to be just as good as the Bridges family. Lord knows Lloyd Bridges got his two son's some work back in the day and look how that turned out.