'Annie' Remake Gets a Director, Loses a Smith Scion

January 30, 2013


Today, we learn who is directing Sony's Annie remake, and that, unfortunately, no amount of smothering nepotism can stunt the physical growth of a child.

Deadline reports that Will Gluck, the limerick character who previously helmed Easy A and Friends with Benefits, will direct the film, which is being produced by Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Jay-Z among others. When first announced two years ago, then-nine-year-old Willow Smith was attached to make the film her first leading role of the many she will earn completely independent of her parents, but she has now reportedly "outgrown the role," as orphaned teenagers are not a singing matter. They have a staggeringly-low adoption rate. It's a real issue.

Gluck is revising the Emma Thompson script already rewritten by Aline Brosh McKenna, and Jay-Z is staying on to do the music, even despite his child still possessing too soft a skull to take any hard knocks by the start of production; the studio is eyeing a 2014 release, and will begin shooting in the fall.

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