Annie originally started as a comic strip in the late 1800’s. In the 70’s the comic was transformed into a stage performing musical. Then in the early 80’s Annie was taken to the big screen and the movie made the story of Little Orphan Annie worldwide famous.
A remake of Annie has already been done, but it gets a makeover again and this time it has some big names backing the project. Jay-Z who is owner and boss of RocNation will take charge of the musical soundtrack for the upcoming remade version of Annie. Willow Smith, a RocNation artist, will grab the leading role for the movie to play orphan Annie, which begins filming next year. As long as Willow doesn’t grow too tall before filming begins then she will play the lead role.
In addition, Willow’s father Will Smith will direct the film and earn himself some director points. The movie is currently being written by British actress Emma Thompson who says the movie will be set in modern day New York. Thompson is quoted as saying,
“I think it’s a very good combination, I’m writing a modern version of Annie for Willow to play, which I’m so excited about because Jay-Z is going to do the music — oh my God I’m so modern! So I am very thrilled about that.”
In 1998 Jay-Z used a sample from the movie Annie for his Hard Knock Life Vol. 2 album. Most of the original songs from the musical will be replaced by Jigga. The song titled Tomorrow is confirmed to stay.