Development on Sony’s musical remake of Annie continues, and the project has both gained and lost a player. The project was first announced in early 2011 with Will Smith and Jay-Z producing the redo as a starring vehicle for Smith’s daughter Willow Smith. Willow is now 12 years old and has since outgrown the lead role, so she is no longer attached to star. However, movement on the project continues as Easy A and Friends with Benefits helmer Will Gluck is now in negotiations to direct. Hit the jump for more.
In addition to directing, Gluck will rewrite the script, which was first written by Emma Thompson and subsequently rewritten by Ailine Brosh McKenna. The pic is a modern day reimagining of the story, and Will Smith and Jay-Z remain onboard as producers with an eye towards a fall 2014 release date. Gluck has shown a penchant for helming charming and wildly entertaining films in the past, so he seems a good fit to introduce Annie to a new generation of fans. Per Deadline, Jay-Z had the following to say about Gluck’s involvement:
“For Marcy Media’s first foray into film, we couldn’t ask for better partners and mentors than Overbrook Entertainment. We are excited to work with Will Gluck and Sony Pictures Entertainment. My well-known affinity for the classic ‘Hard Knock Life’ makes Annie a natural vehicle to lead us into the world of the cinema.”