Will Gluck Lands 'Annie' Directing Job

Borys Kit
The Hollywood Reporter

The sun will come out tomorrow for Will Gluck.

The filmmaker, who directed Easy A and Friends with Benefits, has won the job to direct Sony’s adaptation of Annie.

Annie, while in essence based on the classic comic strip Little Orphan Annie, is a translation of the Broadway musical that first opened in 1977.

The project is being produced by Will Smith and his Overbrook Entertainment banner partner James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett-Smith as well as hip-hop artist Jay-Z. Also prodiucing are Jay Brown, and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith through Marcy Media.

Gluck’s ascension to the top of the list caps  an active hunt for a helmer that has gone on for months, with names such as Ryan Murphy and Craig Brewer coming and going. Willow Smith is no longer attached to star.

The story follows on the iconic red-headed orphan girl who is taken in by wealthy entrepreneur Daddy Warbucks as a way to rehabilitate his image but she eventually wins over his heart.

The musical, which was turned into a 1982 movie, is known for songs such as It’s a Hard Knock Life and Tomorrow.

The studio has not made clear if the new film will be a period or contemporary reworking of the story. Gluck will revise a script previously written by Emme Thompson and Aline Brosh McKenna.

Gluck wrote and directed Friends with Benefits, which starred Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis. He directed Emma Stone in her breakthrough role in Easy A, a modern-set high school retelling of The Scarlett Letter. He is repped by UTA and Sloane Offer.