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Post ANNIE Remake: Will + Willow + Jay-Z
So this is how it goes:

1. Will Smith is discussing the possibility of producing a remake of Annie with Sony.
2. Willow Smith would star in the film.
3. Jay-Z will help retool the music, but no word on whether there will be original songs.

That is all. Thoughts?

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Right now......I just now hate everything about this world. There is evil in this world, there is terror in this world, and right now it's name is Will Smith. :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:

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Post Re: Will Smith remaking Annie
It's good parenting. If you finance a lousy remake of a classic for one kid, you have to do it for the other.


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It's good parenting. If you finance a lousy remake of a classic for one kid, you have to do it for the other.

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Post Re: Will Smith remaking Annie
Well, this is simple. If he wants it to work, he's got to hire the right team, put the right limitations on those already announced, and work with what he's got:

1. James Lapine is directing the revival. Smith can't do any worse than putting him behind a camera with the same guy who did Into the Woods or Sunday in the Park serving as technical adviser.
2. Jay-Z only provides a role similar to Bruce Witkin working with Johnny Depp in Sweeney; he knows how to get the best sounds out of Willow's voice, so he produces her vocals, but has absolutely zero to do with the rest of the musical department. (It's not that I don't trust him with a traditional Broadway sound... actually, has he ever worked with that aside from sampling "Hard Knock Life" for that one single of his? Okay, now that I remembered that, I take that back: I don't trust him with a traditional Broadway sound at all.)
3. Build up a decent cast around her, so that if she isn't quite as good as her brother (and no offense, Will, but he's turning out like a clone of you while you're still alive, so "good" is a relative term when we've still got the real guy to compare him to), then at least the movie can still be remembered for the rest of its performers.
4. Do not screw with the material. Period. Annie is a national institution going back to the 1930s, and casting your own daughter in a bit of nepotism is really about as big a change as you can make here. More specifically, honor the material, and do not make the same sweeping changes as the '82 version. Aim for a middle ground between the way the '82 version opened up the play for the screen, and the way the '99 version played up the strengths of the material without rewriting it wholesale.
5. If worse comes to worse, and you have to justify your daughter being cast as a girl who has always been seen as white and red-headed going back to the 1930s, then just cast accordingly and affect subtle changes of mis en scene to reflect, for lack of better word choice, the "black experience" without rewriting the script.

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Post ANNIE Remake: Will + Willow + Jay-Z
The more I think about this, the more I don't think I'm gonna like it here... :P

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Post Re: Will Smith remaking Annie
NoOneMournsTheWicked wrote:
If this will awaken an interest in musical theater for more young people who might not otherwise be exposed to it, then I am all for it. If a kid sees this remake, loves it, gets interested in 'Annie,' that can lead to them discovering other musicals, and so on.


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Post ANNIE Remake: Will + Willow + Jay-Z
Maybe it will all be updated and Annie will be a poor black orphan from recent times, with the depression being replaced by the recent recession and the "New Deal" subplot being replaced with the most recent election race. FDR out; Obama in. Warbucks can have made his money off of the Gulf War. Leapin' lizards - a contemporary setting like that would allow Willow to whip her hair back and forth as much as she likes!

On the other hand, maybe it will remain a period piece that is cast non-traditionally (like the Pearl Baily Hello Dolly! or the 1976 revival of Guys and Dolls). Then we could have Ving Rhames as Warbucks, Beyoncé Knowles as Grace, Queen Latifah as as Miss Hannigan, Jamie Foxx as Rooster and Anika Noni Rose as Lily. But would audiences accept a black FDR? Probably not, and at this point it's starting to sound a bit like a blaxploitation film from the 1970s albeit one without the stereotypes that were prevalent in that genre. However, once the cast becomes multiracial, racial politics begin to emerge because of the historical setting of the show, even though the action of the show is a pure flight of fancy. If a black Annie is mistreated by a white Miss Hannigan, it begins to change the dynamic of the mistreatment. Although I loved her in the role and wouldn't have things any other way, many people criticised the non-traditional casting of the brilliant Audra McDonald as Grace in the recent television series for reasons along these lines.

The point is that whatever path Smith chooses to follow with this remake, I hope he's prepared for the inevitable challenges that will be presented along the way.

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Post Re: ANNIE Remake: Will + Willow + Jay-Z
If there is a black Miss Hannigan and this is based in any substantial way on the original material, odds are good for seeing Wanda Sykes in the role, as she just played it in a regional production and is of sufficient celebrity to merit such casting in a Hollywood remake.

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Post Re: ANNIE Remake: Will + Willow + Jay-Z
I think it is ridiculous to cast a black girl as Annie. It is the 30's. Warbucks is already shown as quite conservative when he asks for a boy instead, and there is no way that Warbucks, although sweet on the inside, would take in a black orphan girl. An orphan girl was enough of a stretch.

On the other hand, if they do as David suggests and change the setting to the present, then it might work. It all depends on the writing.

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Post ANNIE Remake: Will + Willow + Jay-Z
NoOneMournsTheWicked wrote:
If this will awaken an interest in musical theater for more young people who might not otherwise be exposed to it, then I am all for it. If a kid sees this remake, loves it, gets interested in Annie, that can lead to them discovering other musicals, and so on.

I so often see propositions like this, but Raymond Williams has made me skeptical of them. I think that as a general statement, it is flawed. There is no way of predicting the reaction of an individual or a group of people to something like this and it seems clear from examples like Wicked or The Phantom of the Opera, both firm bastions of popular culture in musical theatre themselve, that the crossover from the initial production into a wide and deep appreciation of musical theatre is rare. Shows like that don't sustain the industry, they sustain themselves and kids who are going to get interested in musical theatre are going to do so anyway, whether this Annie is there or not.

Anyway, latest news on this Annie reboot is that Emma Thompson will write the screenplay and that Jay-Z is very keen on setting it in Detroit. I guess the fact that Ryan Murphy has stepped down from the project at least counts in the project's favour.

Word on the street is that it will be based on the comic strip, not the musical, and that Jay-Z will be writing original songs for Willow Smith to belt out as Annie. Apparently everything has to be on track by November, or Smith might get too old.

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