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Will Smith and Jay-Z's remake of Annie has a director, just needs an Annie

As the project cannot be guided by mere privilege alone, Sony Pictures has hired Easy A and Friends With Benefits director Will Gluck as the man who will bear the brunt of expectations from Will Smith and Jay-Z, as he attempts to realize their unlikely shared vision of a remake of Annie. The film—a concept based on that one time Jay-Z sampled “Hard Knock Life” and the fact that Will Smith has a daughter—will begin shooting in the fall for a 2014 release, though it will now do so without its originally intended star Willow Smith, who has since become too old and overwhelmed by the melancholy of age, a former sapling bent irrevocably back to the ground that spawned it.

There’s no word yet on who will replace Willow; in a possibly related story, science has not yet announced an experimental growth hormone that could rapidly age a baby in seven months, even if you give them a lot of money. Whoever it is that will certainly not be a genetically advanced Blue Ivy will be working closely with producers Will and Jada Pinkett Smith and Jay-Z, from a script by Emma Thompson and directed by Will Gluck, whose experience with the comedy of awkward sex will surely come in handy on this giant clusterfuck.


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