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Annie: Ryan Murphy in talks to direct

  • Ryan Murphy ("Eat Pray Love") is in negotiations to direct "Annie", the adaptation of the classic Broadway musical for Sony Pictures.

    Willow Smith will play the role of Annie.
    Her parents Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith will be producing along with Jay Z.

    Wed February 9, 2011 | Source: Deadline

Annie: Will Smith and Jay-Z to develop

  • Overbrook Entertainment partners James Lassiter, Ken Stovitz, Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith have made a deal with Jay-Z (Shawn Carter) to produce the classic Broadway musical "Annie".

  • Willow Smith, Will Smith's daughter, will star as Annie.

  • The Broadway musical "Annie" is based on the comic strip and features songs with music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin and a book by Thomas Meehan. The show originally written on April 21, 1977, and immediately became a hit, winning seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.  In 1982, Columbia Pictures released a film adaptation directed by John Huston and starring Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Bernadette Peters, Tim Curry, and Aileen Quinn as Annie.

    Wed January 26, 2011 | Source: Deadline