Emma Thompson may pen Willow Smith’s ANNIE
John Huston's adaptation of Annie, the venerable Broadway show of the same name, is easily one of the most iconic movie musicals of all time. When I think show-tunes, one of the first songs in my head is "It's a Hard-knock Life." Similar to how Will Smith worked to incorporate his progeny, Jaden Smith, in THE KARATE KID remake, he's at it again trying to find work for his daughter - Willow Smith. Somehow, Emma Thompson maybe involved as well - as a possible writer.
This would be quite the boon for the project, as she'd bring it some legitimacy. Emma Thompson's latest script, which went on to be NANNY MCPHEE, has had tremendous success with younger audiences. There's little doubt Will Smith was thinking of this when looking for names to attach to this project. If she wanted to join the film as an actress, Thompson would also fit perfectly in the role of the drunken orphanage matron, a role ripe with comedic potential.
That being said, I'm curious to see how this film would be updated. The story is essentially timeless, as an orphaned girl being swept into the fabulous life of the rich and famous translates to any time period. Willow Smith's career in film has been pretty small, with an appearance in I AM LEGEND marking her debut. That being said, a film scored by Jay-Z covering a timeless American tale could be the big break she needs.
After all, you can only whip your hair back and forth so much.
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