After making three movies in three years (2009′s Fired Up!, 2010′s Easy A, and 2011′s Friends With Benefits), filmmaker Will Gluck has spent the past couple of years weighing his options for his next project. At various points, he’s circled the heist flick Sex on the Moon, the action comedy Secretaries Day, the true crime caper Skyjack, and a reunion with his Easy A star Emma Stone. Now he’s in talks for yet another new directing gig, the Will Smith and Jay-Z-produced modern-day remake of Annie.

As Gluck comes aboard, however, one of the project’s longest attached talents has decided to depart. Smith’s daughter Willow Smith, for whom the film was being developed as a starring vehicle, will no longer be playing the lead. More details after the jump.

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Emma Thompson May Write Sony’s ‘Annie’ Remake

One of Will Smith‘s kids has his own remake franchise brewing (Jaden, and The Karate Kid) so now the erstwhile Fresh Prince is working on balancing his family dynamics by crafting a similar film for daughter Willow. The property in question this time is Annie, in which Willow Smith will play the moppet adopted by Oliver ‘Daddy’ Warbucks. In this version, there will probably be some dancing to pop tunes crafted by Jay-Z, who is also producing, and possibly at least a small touch of Nanny McPhee. Wait, what?

Emma Thompson, who scripted both Nanny McPhee films (as well as the ’95 Sense and Sensibility) is being courted by Will Smith and Overbrook Productions to write the new Annie remake. Read More »

What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 21 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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Thanks to the wild popularity of Glee, Ryan Murphy has become a first choice for any film musical. We’ve heard his name bandied about as a choice for a Rocky Horror Picture Show remake and the film version of Wicked. And now he is evidently the top choice to direct the new version of Annie that Sony is prepping as a vehicle for Willow Smith. Read More »

Late last week we heard that Will Smith might be developing a remake of Annie at Columbia/Sony, the idea being to create a star vehicle for his daughter Willow Smith. At the time there was a rumor that Jay-Z would be involved with the music for the film, just as he was in the production of Willow Smith’s hit single ‘Whip My Hair.’ Now Mr. Smith’s company has officially announced the remake and partnership with Jay-Z. All the details are after the break. Read More »

I can’t promise this will be the last remake news for the week, but after this one I’ll try to present some news that has the spark of the new. Will Smith and Sony are working on a new version of Annie. Much like the new version of The Karate Kid, which Mr. Smith developed for his son Jaden, this is being designed as a star vehicle for his daughter Willow Smith.

Beyond that, we have few details. The one tantalizing bit is that Jay-Z is in talks to work on music for the film. He was part of the creation of Willow Smith’s single ‘Whip My Hair,’ which became a sensation last year. Annie is a story that could be remade without any fuss, and could either be faithfully recreated or given some contemporary flair and new songs. I’d expect the latter, but we don’t know what is planned. If Sony can lock down Jay-Z and capture the energy that people responded to with ‘Whip My Hair,’ this Annie might be huge. [Variety]

Last month it was revealed that Jaden Smith had been cast in director M. Night Shyamalan‘s new project, a science fiction film scripted by ournalist-turned-screenwriter Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli) titled One Thousand A.E.

At the time we didn’t know much about the project, with story details being kept tightly under wraps. The only things we were told were that it was being “developed as a vehicle for Jaden Smith” in conjunction with Overbrook Entertainment, the production company responsible for The Karate Kid, run by Will Smith, James Lassiter, Ken Stovitz, and Jada Pinkett. In addition, although there’s an adult male lead in the film, father Will is not planning to take on the part.

We now have learned a couple small new bits of information about the project.

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The Smith Family Robinson

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Production Weekly were good to their tweet and this weekend’s edition is a monster. Their publication, in case you don’t know, is designed to inform craftspeople and crewfolk from the film industry  about projects that will be hiring – and, not to put too fine a point on it, result in people getting work. As a side effect, they also give the world all manner of bits and pieces of breaking film news. My heroes.

One of the most interesting notes is this bumper, super-expansive edition is their listing for The Robinsons – an adaptation of The Swiss Family Robinson designed to star Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith and all three of the Smith kids – Trey, Jaden and Willow.

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