Jay-Z and Will Smith present 'Annie.' Is this movie-musical update a good idea?
Remember "Annie," the delightful musical about a spunky orphan that inspired the curriculum choices for thousands of elementary school music teachers?
Well, it's coming to the big screen for a second time, with Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Jay-Z behind the project.
As the Associated Press and others outlets have reported, Jay-Z has hooked up with the Smiths' production company to work on developing multiple motion picture projects, with a contemporary version of "Annie" apparently at the top of the list. Naturally, the front-runner for playing Annie is none other than Willow Smith.
Which means the signature song from the movie version of the Broadway musical -- previously made into a film back in 1982 -- could sound like this: "The sun will come out ... tomorrow ... when I whip my hair back and forth."
Clearly Jay-Z's version of "Hard Knock Life" has to be part of the new "Annie." And hopefully they can work in a fresh take on an old Smith classic: "Parents Just Don't Understand ... or at Least We Assume They Don't Understand, But Honestly We're Not Sure Since All of Us are Orphans."
But seriously, folks ... is this a good idea? Could Jay-Z and Will Smith bring some fresh energy to a beloved, heartwarming tale? Or is this just another excuse to pump up Willow Smith's profile? Post a comment or vote in the poll below.
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