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Jay-Z wants Emma Thompson for his hip-hop Annie remake

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Back in January it was announced that Jay-Z and Will Smith would be collaborating of a series of new films for Sony Pictures. The first planned film in that effort was a remake of ANNIE that was set to star Smith's daughter Willow with music produced by HOVA himself. Since then we've heard nothing on the film and the optimistic among us may have hoped the project died a quiet death. Not so much.

Vulture is reporting that Emma Thompson, Oscar-winning writer Emma Thompson, has signed on to write the script for Smith and Jay's ANNIE. It may seem like an odd pairing but Smith has been working with Thompson on MEN IN BLACK 3 where she plays a new character that has taken over for Rip Torn as the head of the MIB division (her character is played in younger years by Alice Eve).

At this time there's no deal for Thompson to star in the film as well but it seems an almost foregone conclusion that she'd star as the boozy and cruel Ms. Hannigan, head of the orphanage where Annie lives (and made famous by Carol Burnett in the original movie).

Thompson hasn't started work on the project yet and Jay is still hard at work finishing up his album with Kanye West so it may be some time still before we see ANNIE up on the big screen. But like it or not, it's coming atcha.

Source: Vulture

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1:18AM on 06/25/2011
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6:15PM on 06/24/2011

JayZ made that one song so he is officially qualified?

So this is what Smith is doing instead of Django....Now I hope this bombs even more than before.
So this is what Smith is doing instead of Django....Now I hope this bombs even more than before.
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5:48PM on 06/24/2011

what?

did i actually just read this?
did i actually just read this?
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12:20PM on 06/24/2011
Besides the fact that I pretty much hate Will Smith (and his clan, for that matter), and that "Annie" is pretty 'blah' musical, I still feel this is an awful idea.
The original may be very cheesy and derivative of its period, but it had a cast that couldn't be beat: the incomparable Carol Burnett and Bernadette Peters, Tim Curry, Albert Finney and Fosse-princess Anne Reinking (before she lost her voice).
They remade it once already (for TV), and not even Victor Garber, Kathy Bates, Alan
Besides the fact that I pretty much hate Will Smith (and his clan, for that matter), and that "Annie" is pretty 'blah' musical, I still feel this is an awful idea.
The original may be very cheesy and derivative of its period, but it had a cast that couldn't be beat: the incomparable Carol Burnett and Bernadette Peters, Tim Curry, Albert Finney and Fosse-princess Anne Reinking (before she lost her voice).
They remade it once already (for TV), and not even Victor Garber, Kathy Bates, Alan Cumming and living Goddesses Kristin Chenoweth and Audra McDonald could match the original ensemble.
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12:04PM on 06/24/2011
No,no,no,no,no,NO!!!!!!
No,no,no,no,no,NO!!!!!!
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12:01PM on 06/24/2011

uhhh wut?

Will Smith is thinkin "my daughter dont need to get a career on her own, hell naw! i'll just put my kids in everything I'm involved in from now on. whip ur hair gurl!"
Will Smith is thinkin "my daughter dont need to get a career on her own, hell naw! i'll just put my kids in everything I'm involved in from now on. whip ur hair gurl!"
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11:27AM on 06/24/2011

only if Sam Jackson...

I'll totally watch it if Sam Jackson is Daddy Warbucks. Annie, yo f**kin dog, Sandy, just shit on my muthaf**kin persian, get him the f**k out....
I'll totally watch it if Sam Jackson is Daddy Warbucks. Annie, yo f**kin dog, Sandy, just shit on my muthaf**kin persian, get him the f**k out....
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11:13AM on 06/24/2011

Ridiculous

Willow F'n Smith ? I'll be the first to say it; Annie is a pale, freckled red head, always will be. When you say "Annie" what's the first thing that comes to your mind ? NOT Willow F'n Smith that's for sure. At least with the Karate Kid they did a "re-imagining" of sorts. Not sure why I'm so upset over this news to be honest; I think I'm just sick of the Smith family at this point.
Willow F'n Smith ? I'll be the first to say it; Annie is a pale, freckled red head, always will be. When you say "Annie" what's the first thing that comes to your mind ? NOT Willow F'n Smith that's for sure. At least with the Karate Kid they did a "re-imagining" of sorts. Not sure why I'm so upset over this news to be honest; I think I'm just sick of the Smith family at this point.
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9:20AM on 06/24/2011
This sounds so fucking stupid.
This sounds so fucking stupid.
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8:43AM on 06/24/2011
I love ThompsonŽs comedy timing, I bet sheŽll be great!
I love ThompsonŽs comedy timing, I bet sheŽll be great!
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8:40AM on 06/24/2011
It seems likely that it's going to be stylistically a long way from the original, and they do have some significant talent on board. With that in mind, this seems considerably more worthy than a lot of the pointless reboots that are in production today. Yeah it's Annie, but we might actually be getting something different here. Guess we'll have to wait and see.
It seems likely that it's going to be stylistically a long way from the original, and they do have some significant talent on board. With that in mind, this seems considerably more worthy than a lot of the pointless reboots that are in production today. Yeah it's Annie, but we might actually be getting something different here. Guess we'll have to wait and see.
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