Will Smith is priming his daughter Willow Smith for superstardom. Smith’s production company, Overbrook Entertainment, plans to partner with rapper and music business mogul, Jay-Z on a new film venture. Their first project in the works: a musical adaptation of Annie. The remake of the 1982 hit film, originally starring Aileen Quinn, will star Smith’s ten-year-old daughter Willow.
“The time is right to bring back Annie to the big screen,” said Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures/Sony, Overbrook’s home base, about this “dream project.” Overbrook Entertainment produced The Karate Kid starring the Smiths’ son Jaden. Jay-Z and the Smiths also co-produced the Broadway musical production Fela!, which earned 11 Tony Award nominations in 2010.
Jay-Z added, “We’ve already produced a Tony Award winning play and we’re developing a true superstar in Willow.” Last year, Willow Smith encountered her first taste of fame when she released her first multi-platinum hit single, “Whip My Hair,” for Jay-Z’s record label, Roc Nation.