In news that only a billionaire father could love, Will Smith and Jay-Z are in talks to bring a modernized version of the musical Annie to the big screen, and of course it’s going to star Smith’s daughter, Willow. Because it’s her time to shine. The elder Smiff already launched his son Jaden’s acting career by remaking The Karate Kid, which grossed a ridiculous $350 million while crane-kicking Ralph Macchio’s legacy in the balls.
The involvement of Jay-Z, who previously sampled a classic Annie song for his similarly titled “Hard Knock Life”, makes it evident that the retelling will involve hip hop, which sounds great. Hopefully some unique new takes on the classic soundtrack can distract us from believing that the daughter of an entertainment icon is a poor orphan.
Drop that funky beat for all the chickens in the club, All Hip Hop…
Willow Smith is currently an artist on Jay-Z’s Roc Nation imprint, which is a partnership between the chart-topping rapper and Live Nation, the largest live entertainment company in the world.
She has already had a hit single with the song “Whip My Hair,” which peaked at #11 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart.
Only #11? Come on, that song was overproduced to at least be a Top 3 song. Either way, I think a great idea for the Smith family’s next project would be a remake of Look Who’s Talking with their next child as a newborn. Except in this version, Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith will spend millions to give their baby the ability to actually talk to us telepathically. His first thought? “Hoo boy, Tom Cruise is gay.”