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Will Smith To Remake Annie - With Daughter Willow In The Title Role!

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It took us a second to adjust to the idea, but the more and more we think about it….this MAY have some potential.

Will Smith is reported to be looking to produce a remake of the classic musical Annie - with his daughter Willow in the title role!

The actor, and his company Overbrook Entertainment, are developing the project with Sony, and have even reached out to Jay-Z, and have asked him to create original music for the flick, which is thought at this point to be a contemporary adaptation.

However, there's no word yet on whether or not it will feature any of the musical's original songs.


Definitely a ballsy move to tamper with such a well-known, and much-loved classic, but we think that updating the story to modern times and focusing on the recession - maybe as a mirror to The Great Depression - with an updated sound could actually work! And work WELL!

We just hope that little Willow has the acting chops to carry such a huge story! People are not going to be happy if this flops!

What do U think?? Do U want to see an updated Annie??

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102 comments to “Will Smith To Remake Annie - With Daughter Willow In The Title Role!”

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  1. 1

    Okay Will lets remake Roots with Justin Bieber as Kunte Kinte.

  2. 2

    No No No No.Someone stop the Smith family from doing this.

  3. 3

    I wonder how many little girls Willow had to audition against to get the role

  4. 4

    These days in Hollywood, remaking old movies is considered an original idea. Of course, the Coen brothers did a marvelous job with True Grit, but did it really need to be remade?

  5. 5

    Stop remaking classics!

  6. 6

    I'd like da smack da both of em.

  7. 7

    Re: sonicdahedgehog – Great lesson for a kid. Everything handed to her on a silver platter. In 10 or 15 years she will probably be crying the blues about missing out on childhood.

  8. 8

    WTF?? NO. Im sorry but I cant stand this little girl shes SO annoying. This is a classic and should STAY a classic.

  9. 9

    NO ! no no no no no no ! . Just no !. Please, don't remake this classic . Like she has the talent and the voice to pull off Annie. If i had any respect for Will Smith left i lost it all when i read this.

  10. 10

    Daddy Crack-bucks ?.

  11. 11

    I seriously cannot stand one member of this family.

  12. 12


  13. 13

    Re: DirtyCash – I knew someone was bound to make a comment like this anyways I think it's a bad idea and will probably turn ppl of because their kids get everything without even working for it. Plus Hollywood always manages to ruin classics I don't think this will be the exception.

  14. 14

    shes does not have red hair to whip back n forth. this is an epic fail.

  15. 15

    Enough with these scientologists already.

  16. 16

    Re: DirtyCash – AAAAHHHH!! That's just as bad!!
    Seriously, this douche needs to stop putting his talentless kids in these remakes.

  17. 17

    why the hell do u call yourself 'we'
    don't u get by now that rarely ever anyone agrees with you or are you just a retard

  18. 18

    kay Will lets remake Roots with Justin Bieber as Kunte Kinte.(DirtyCash)

    Ita! How about The Color Purple with Angelina Jolie?

    This is absolutley ridiculous.

  19. 19

    Really taking on that race card barrier. karate kid? now Annie? Why not just do a remake of Malcom X and instead of Denzel use Ricky Gervais.

  20. 20

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Leave it alone!

  21. 21

    NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO. I've never written a silly post like this before, but HELL NO.

  22. 22

    Daddy will u buy me a movie career…I don't care if it SUCKS and people hate me for it

  23. 23

    Re: imthefuckingbest – because I think like 3 or 4 different people write articles for the site. It's less a royal we and more a group reference.

  24. 24

    Remember the day when we only had to deal with Will and Jayda and their self absorbed behavior. Now they've thrown their equally obnoxious children in the mix. What a bunch of narcissists (sp).

  25. 25

    Epic Fail…. wouldn't want to see a spoiled rich kid playing the role of a lowly orphan.. not interested.

  26. 26

    I say leave Anne the way it is. Very bad idea. Now his son did very well in karate kid but this is just to much. No No No

  27. 27

    Great idea but they should call it ANIKA ;-)

  28. 28

    i absolutely adore will smith as an actor but as soon as it comes to his kids, it's all about money! that sucks! they (especially willow) act too adult. their parents should let kids be kids! Which normal 9-year-old cares about "edgy" dresses? or wants to look like lady gaga? none! because 9-year-olds don't give a what?! about it. willow should just turn it down OR work really hard for something she wants because getting things just like that won't teach her a lesson. btw: in about 7 -9 years she will be complaining about her "lost" childhood just like taylor momsen did.

    AND: stop ruining classic movies!

  29. 29

    Wow, a black "Annie". Will this be called "Annisha"? Yeah, the Smiths need to stop remaking classics. The Karate Kid was bad enough, now this? Can't they do anything original? JUST SAY YO, I mean NO!

  30. 30

    I like Will Smith but his children seem very spoiled and annoying! I have seen them in interviews (especially his son) and they are not even cute because they have attitudes like their shit doesn't stink! I don't see anything wrong with a remake but not with Willow Smith as Annie!

  31. 31

    Give me a fucking break.

  32. 32

    the ongoing desecration of classic art is yet another sign of the coming apocalypse

  33. 33

    Sick of the Smiths already. Give it a rest.

  34. 34

    no, no, no, no….NOPE, NO WAY!!! why do they keep ruining classics???? worst idea EVER!!!!

  35. 35

    1st they fucked up 'Karate Kid' now they're gonna fuck up 'Annie'. Will, stop whoring out your kids for remakes that are fine just the way they are.

  36. 36

    Please do not ruin this classic……

  37. 37

    this hole family is turning to shit…real stuck up shit…

  38. 38

    I probably wont see it. Its a classic tat shouldnt be touched. plus annie is and always will be the RED HEADED orphan, not the black haired orphan. I think if oprah gets on board it will be #1, which is stupid. Just seems like Will is only trying to benefit himself and his own family by making films for them to star in and songs for them to sing. Stupid

  39. 39

    I love the Smith's and whateva Will touch usually turns golden…I liked the Karate Kid and I his daughter's song has grew on me therefore I think the remake of Annie should be ok…..I say yesssss do it…xoxo

  40. 40

    No way! I use to be a fan of Will smith but no more. It is disgusting how he and his wife pimp out their children like the Kardashian's and Jenners. His kids have no more talent than the average kid who has been coached and trained.

  41. 41

    I love Annie as it is a classic. I am not a huge fan of Willow and most likely would not go to see the remake if she was the lead. It's nice that her dad wants to put her as the lead but I think he needs to get someone with real talent.

  42. 42

    Re: truth in life

    hahaha, that was funny!
    it's sad that this little guys think that they are actually talented…talent comes with hard work, not with a big production…

  43. 43


  44. 44

    Black 'Annie'? This is one classic that should be left alone!

  45. 45

    Horrible idea. annie is a classic and should never be remade. Next thing we'll be hearing is that their son will be playing william wallace in a remake of Braveheart

  46. 46

    Oh please!

    Let's go round up some black kids from Compton while we are at it and remake the sound of music!!!!

    Willow has no talent…..she has rich parents.!!

  47. 47

    Re: sonicdahedgehog – a mirror.

  48. 48


  49. 49

    I think you guys are focusing too much on race here. Who cares if now there's going to be a 'Black Annie'? The bigger issue is that he's just going to basically just give his daughter that role! It doesn't seem like the Smith children work much for anything. Although, I will admit that I did enjoy watching Jaden in the Karate Kid remake.

  50. 50

    "Dad I just saw this great movie called 'Annie.' Can I star in a remake?"

  51. 51

    Hey Will, why don't you go fuck yourself?

  52. 52


  53. 53

    Oh Jesus, how many remakes featuring the Smith kids are they going to make? This proves that if you have money, mommy and daddy can make you a star regardless if you are talentless. This makes me sick.

  54. 54

    NOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Why is Will pimping his kids and turning them in to spoiled brats! They already wrecked The Karate Kid and now this classic? There should be a law against the remake of PERFECT classics. This is going to suck big time if it's true!

  55. 55

    this is an awful idea, there was a remake not that long ago and it was fine, the smith family are just trying to make a quick buck out of exloiting a film that they shouldnt even try to do. the family can't come up with original ideas? oh wait they cant it must be difficult to come up with an idea when the most origianl and exciting ideas come from life expirences and no one wants to watch a film about how spoilt and rich this family is.

  56. 56

    Re: YRUFATT – lol =)

  57. 57

    Does anyone in La La Land have an original thought??

  58. 58

    So sick of Will and his man-wife Jada pimping out their kids. Can't you just let them be kids?

  59. 59

    Jada can star in the dyke version called Trannie.

  60. 60

    Wtf…? Lawl flop galore all over this website at the moment.

  61. 61

    This is ridiculous !!!!

  62. 62

    Didn't take long for the racist comments. @DirtyCash FYI roots is a story about slavery in america and Annie is a story about and orphan. If you don't get what I'm saying slaves in america were black and they're are black, white, asia orphans. Dumbazz

    @Truth-teller I completely agree. Really both of the kids are annoying.

  63. 63

    will he rename it Anniquista

  64. 64

    Will SMith must die.

  65. 65

    Are you kidding me?? how do you figure?? part of the role and character is her red curly locks! This family is so arrogant and stupid! I hope no one goes to see the movie! It was bad enough that they did a remake of the karate kid!!

  66. 66

    NOOOOOOOOO!!!! and with jay-z the music is going to suck, I'm gonna kill you will smith!

  67. 67

    it's only funny cause jay-z already redid "hard knock life" into a song of his own lol.. they could use it in the movie.

  68. 68

    why the FUCK does it matter if shes black lmfao?
    seriously you people suck
    and by "you people" i mean you racist shits, yes you.

  69. 69

    I am so sick of these kids already. Especially Willow. You had ONE SONG kid. You're not a superstar, you're a fluke. Will's gonna make his fans hate him with all this crap. I'm already so tired of his kids I don't need to see his movies, and he was one of my favorite actors. They're spoiled rotten and annoying as all hell.

  70. 70


  71. 71

    I was thinking the same as DirtyCash……Let us remak roots and cast one of the Brady Bunch Boys as Kunte! I will absolutely ban everything Smith related if they go ahead with this. Somethings are to be remembered the way they were not the way they are recreated! good grief whats next chitty chitty bang bang!

  72. 72

    Fuck no I wouldn't see this piece of shit. I won't rag on Willow because she's just a child but Will Smith can go blow himself. That egotistical, Xenu loving asshole.

  73. 73

    This makes me actually long for the Apocalypse.

  74. 74

    A "black" annie is brilliant. Just leave hip-hop out of it. Hip-hop has a negative rap (no pun intended). If they want to make big money off this, it will need to crossover.

    Also, Just because they make Annie black, doesn't mean they should make the whole cast black.

    I'm tired of all white or all black movies!!!!!!!

    2011 people!!!!!!!! lets act like it.!!!!!!!

  75. 75

    Wow, I have not seen white people this mad since Obama won the Presidency. People are vomiting on themselves and comparing Roots, a story about a man's heritage, to ANNIE! So Diana Ross did the Wiz over 30 years ago and people were not as upset. We are going backwards in time. The Tea Party really is taking back America. taking it back to 1954!

  76. Dan85 says – reply to this


    anything will smith knows, is a bad idea! I think that whole family needs to dissapear for a long time

  77. 77

    For the record Annie has already been remade back in 1999 and the little girl in the movie didn't have red hair(so there is your classic)…I don't want her playing Annie as much as the next person but to make this a black and white issue are you serious it no problem when you praise Fergie or Christina for sounding black. White Hollywood have been doing it for years getting their foot in the door because who their parents are just ask Torrie Spelling, or the Carradines or Ron Howard and his daughter Bryce tell me what was a Katie Holmes doing b4 she was with Tom Cruise she doggone benefitted from that marriage who pimps her daughter more than her….and fir the record Roots was based on actual events

  78. 78

    Re: milstein
    FYI- The Coen brothers based their screenplay on the novel, not the John Wayne movie.

  79. 79

    WORST IDEA EVER! What's new??

  80. 80

    Yeah, we're still talking about "The Wiz"

  81. 81

    first the Smiths ruined karate kid and now they'll ruin Annie. GREAT

  82. 82

    Re: michgoblue585 – Well… Tori Spelling is doing reality TV now… I think that speaks for itself. Bryce Dallas Howard actually studied and worked in theater for years before she started getting cast in movies… And I think we can all agree that Katie Holmes' acting career was 10x better before her marriage to Tom Cruise.

    Bottom line, I'm just sick of the Smith family being shoved down our throats. And in useless, pre-packaged remakes nonetheless… If his children MUST be actors, create something original for them, or even better yet, let them audition for roles on their own like everyone else. It's pretty insane that their father would create an entire starring vehicle for them…

  83. 83

    Re: lufflyness – you're totally correct even though Tori Spelling is doing reality TV do you think we would know who she Washington it wasn't for 90210 which her father produced or how about Rob Reiner or the Fondan's or Maddon's daughter Lola and that clothing line yeah Bryce Dallas paid her dues studying her craft but she still benefitted from the family name what ever can get you in that door as far as Katie Holmes name one memorable movie she did outside of heras an adult after her Dawson Creek years. You see everyone benefits from someone else

  84. 84

    Re: michgoblue585 – Actually, "for the record" the author of Roots was shamed because he purported the events to be true but they were actually mostly made up. Nice try, though!

  85. 85

    umm … not trying to be racist ( im not ) but she is Black, how the fuck is tht gonna work ?

  86. 86

    I know dislike Will Smith.Its a shame i use to be a huge fan!!

  87. 87

    How fucking stupid. Will Smith & his annoying clan need to go away already & move to Siberia. You can't fuck with the original music score to Annie. WTF??? The music is what makes it. Hey Stupid Smith - why don't you just write original stories & screenplays for your annyoing spawn to be in & quit ruining the classics!!! Oh - that's right… because you KNOW that they can't carry an original movie on their (your) own name. Do you harbor severe old resentment that classic films like Karate Kid & Annie didn't star black babies and you're trying to heal your old hurt? It which case, grow up & get over it & quit ruining classics for the rest of us and subjecting us to your fucked up personal revenge-therapy.

  88. 88

    For the love of all that is sweet and natural, someone stop allowing Will Smith from casting his spawns into shitty remakes that will probably have NOTHING to do with the original source material. (Karate Kid? More like Kung fu Kid! )

  89. 89

    Re: La Brown Eyes – The same way it worked when Elizabeth Taylor played Cleopatra decades ago or when they had white men playing Native Americans in Westerns or when a white actor played the character Charlie Chan all those years ago you see white Hollywood started it all by having white actors and actresses play people of other races

  90. 90

    OH NO PLEASE NOOOO.. I have a very cute image of Annie in my memory I can't Imagine Willow whipping her hair in Annie plus she is trying to be a mini Lady Gaga with those ridiculous outfit. Please have an audition there are lots of little girls out there that can play Annie way better than Willow.

  91. 91

    She definitely has that nig-ger bitch look to her. Nothing worse than a black girl with an attitude. Will please back off. Your kids are so stuck up!

  92. 92

    Absolutely fucking NOT!! NO!! Stupid mother fuckers BETTER not remake Annie. I am a 31 year old woman and I am proud to say that Annie is my favorite movie of all time. To have this remade by someone who is only famous because daddy is famous is not only FUCKED UP but it's also repulsive. I seriously hope this does not happen. It's bullshit, it's bullshit, it's fucking bull FUCKING shit!!

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  94. 94

    Re: Death1sMyG1ft
    thankyou!!! I'm only 17 and annie has been a favourite in my family for as long as ive been alive and I would hate for some spoiled brat to come and ruin it.
    And one final thing, Annie is a BRITISH play that can not be played by american actors!
    will smith keep your hands off!!!

  95. rmcl1 says – reply to this



  96. 96

    I don't want to see her in this movie either or want a remake of a classic, but are these racist comments necessary? Deplorable. You people are disgusting.

  97. 97

    Re: Quetou – Exactly why I'm getting the hell out of here when I get the chance. Everything is backwards here. I'm American, but I honestly can't blame any other countries for looking down on us anymore. :P

  98. 98

    Re: michgoblue585
    Elizabeth Taylor playing Cleopatra wasn't really bad
    seeing as Cleopatra was actually Greek, not Egyptian.

  99. 99

    i used to like will smith but this is just wrong and im tired of his family now

  100. 100

    i think its funny how if we remake a movie that had a main character that was black n we change them 2 a white person, people will start saying crap like we're racist, i fucking hate these dumbasses n since when did willow smith had the voice 2 play annie n its a fucking joke how she just got the main role without doing anything what about other little girls who r trying their hardest n this little brat gets given it without lifting a finger this is a fucking joke.

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