You might recall when we covered the news about Will Smith developing a remake of the classic tale “Annie”. There’s now word falling down the grapevine about Ryan Murphy possibly directing the film.
According to CinemaBlend and Deadline, the “Glee” and “Nip/Tuck” creator is in early talks with Sony Pictures about directing the film. Murphy is probably the first pick for the studio simply because of “Glee”; the show is basically a big musical production every week, and seeing as how “Annie” is a musical, it fits.
If Murphy takes on “Annie”, it will become the third film he’s directed, the first two being “Running with Scissors” and the recent Julia Roberts chick flick, “Eat Pray Love”.
As covered in the first article on this film, Smith has approached Jay-Z to rework the music for the updated film as well as write some new pieces. If you recall, Jay-Z sampled “It’s the Hard Knock Life” for his single “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)” in 1998.
The adaptation of this film will feature Will Smith’s daughter Willow as Annie. The traditional story is about an orphan living in New York City in the 1930s who comes to live with millionaire Oliver Warbucks. Not many details are available on what exactly will be updated about the film aside from who’s playing the main character, but one can assume that it won’t be set in the 1930s.