It appears Jay-Z and Academy Award-winning actor Will Smith are at it again — being creative. Smith is producing the remake of Annie, which will star his youngest child, Willow. Jay-Z, who teamed up with Smith to co-produce the Broadway musical Fela! will write the score for the movie musical, which will begin production in spring 2013.
True hip-hop fans remember Jay-Z’s 2005 ghetto anthem, “Hard Knock Life,” which is a rework of Annie’s score “It’s the Hard Knock Life.” The score also includes “Maybe,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You” and “Tomorrow.”
Smith’s Men in Black III co-star who played Tommy Lee Jones’ Agent K love interest, has been tapped as the screenwriter. –yvette caslin