Will Smith provides only the best for his children, so when it comes to orchestrating daughter Willow’s starring role in that previously announced remake of Annie, he’s placed an order for one Emma Thompson, please, with extra esteem. According to Vulture, the Oscar-winning screenwriter and actress is Smith’s first choice to oversee the story of a little girl whose youth and vitality provides vicarious happiness to an increasingly isolated and out-of-touch wealthy old man, and also to write a script for the new Annie movie. Anyway, the best part of this report is the mental picture of Thompson meeting with Smith and Jay-Z, presumably gathering around one of Smith’s cold marble tables in his massive trailer while Men In Black III production assistants throw makeshift logs of bundled $100 bills onto the fire. “But Mr. Smith, it’s summer,” one of them protests feebly. “Couldn’t we just turn down the air conditioning instead of building a fire?” And that’s the last word he utters before being dragged down into the trailer’s vast, subterranean crypts, never to be heard from again.
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