Will Gluck ("Easy A," "Friends with Benefits") is in negotiations to direct a cinematic re-imagining of the classic Broadway musical "Annie" at Sony Pictures and Overbrook Entertainment.
Gluck will revise the film's screenplay following previous drafts from Emma Thompson and Aline Brosh McKenna which were based on Thomas Meehan's musical stage play.
Will Smith, Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter, James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jay Brown and Tyran Smith will produce. Smith's daughter Willow was originally attached to the title role, but that's no longer the case as she has grown too old for the part.
The story is set in contemporary times and aims to begin filming in the late Fall for a 2014 release.