Overbrook, Jay-Z team on ‘Annie’ reboot

Film to be first of several from new venture

Jay-Z can add another hyphen to an already long string of them: film producer.

The rap impresario has boarded a joint venture with Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment and Sony Pictures to develop feature pics, including a re-imagining of tuner “Annie.”

Willow Smith, daughter of Will and budding pop artist responsible for “Whip My Hair,” will star as the titular orphan, (Daily Variety, Jan. 19).

Reboot is to be produced by Carter and Overbrook and includes principals Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, James Lassiter and Ken Stovitz.

Already, the as-yet-unnamed group has invested in beauty products line Carol’s Daughter, and co-produced the Broadway show “Fela!”

Jay-Z has a tangential tie to the Broadway classic: He sampled the song “It’s the Hard Knock Life” for his single “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)” in 1999.

“A decade ago, Jay-Z proved that the power of the underlying Broadway property remains, by showing how these songs could be reinterpreted for a new generation,” said Columbia Pictures president Doug Belgrad.” We couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with our friends at Overbrook as they launch this new venture.”

More Film

  • Stan Dragoti 'The Last Boyscout' PremiereDecember

    Stan Dragoti, Director of 'Mr. Mom,' 'Love at First Bite,' Dies at 85

    Jay-Z can add another hyphen to an already long string of them: film producer. The rap impresario has boarded a joint venture with Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment and Sony Pictures to develop feature pics, including a re-imagining of tuner “Annie.” Willow Smith, daughter of Will and budding pop artist responsible for “Whip My Hair,” will […]

  • Jagged Edge

    Film News Roundup: Halle Berry's 'Jagged Edge' Remake Finds Writer

    Jay-Z can add another hyphen to an already long string of them: film producer. The rap impresario has boarded a joint venture with Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment and Sony Pictures to develop feature pics, including a re-imagining of tuner “Annie.” Willow Smith, daughter of Will and budding pop artist responsible for “Whip My Hair,” will […]

  • Kate Winslet Diane Keaton Mia Wasikowska

    Kate Winslet, Diane Keaton, Mia Wasikowska to Star in 'Silent Heart' Remake

    Jay-Z can add another hyphen to an already long string of them: film producer. The rap impresario has boarded a joint venture with Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment and Sony Pictures to develop feature pics, including a re-imagining of tuner “Annie.” Willow Smith, daughter of Will and budding pop artist responsible for “Whip My Hair,” will […]

  • (L to R) Young Tanya (JESSICA

    'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' Reviews: What the Critics Are Saying

    Jay-Z can add another hyphen to an already long string of them: film producer. The rap impresario has boarded a joint venture with Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment and Sony Pictures to develop feature pics, including a re-imagining of tuner “Annie.” Willow Smith, daughter of Will and budding pop artist responsible for “Whip My Hair,” will […]

  • Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

    'Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' Stage Musical in the Works

    Jay-Z can add another hyphen to an already long string of them: film producer. The rap impresario has boarded a joint venture with Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment and Sony Pictures to develop feature pics, including a re-imagining of tuner “Annie.” Willow Smith, daughter of Will and budding pop artist responsible for “Whip My Hair,” will […]

  • Sundance Film Festival Placeholder

    Sundance Festival's Economic Impact Jumps Up 26% From 2017, Study Says

    Jay-Z can add another hyphen to an already long string of them: film producer. The rap impresario has boarded a joint venture with Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment and Sony Pictures to develop feature pics, including a re-imagining of tuner “Annie.” Willow Smith, daughter of Will and budding pop artist responsible for “Whip My Hair,” will […]

  • Aubrey Plaza'Ingrid Goes West' film premiere,

    LA Film Festival Adds Inclusion Initiatives

    Jay-Z can add another hyphen to an already long string of them: film producer. The rap impresario has boarded a joint venture with Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment and Sony Pictures to develop feature pics, including a re-imagining of tuner “Annie.” Willow Smith, daughter of Will and budding pop artist responsible for “Whip My Hair,” will […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content