Little Orphan Annie started out as a comic strip by Harold Gray, which followed the adventures of a poor orphan girl named Annie, an 11 year-old girl with crazy, curly red hair and a red dress, and her loyal canine companion Sandy. She eventually was adopted by a rich tycoon by the name of Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks. He instantly grew close to Annie, but his wife had other ideas. In turn, Annie is treated badly and returned to the orphanage by Mrs. Warbucks when “Daddy” goes off for business.
The comic strip debuted in 1924 and attracted all types of people from many generations, due to Annie’s adventures from being poor to rich and everything in between. The comic strip eventually led to two movies in the 1930′s, a radio show also in the 1930′s, and a popular Broadway show that still goes on to this day.
It was reported that Will Smith wants to and is working on a remake of the classic movie in order for his daughter Willow Smith (“I Am Legend”) to star in. Aline Brosh McKenna (“Laws of Attraction,” ”The Devil Wears Prada,” and ”27 Dresses”) will be writing the script mixing the original movie and Broadway show together to make what hopes to be Willow’s big break. To help with the film, rapper Jay-Z will be in charge of “re-imagining” the music. In 1998, he had a hit with the song “Hard Knock Life,” which samples the song “It’s the Hard Knock Life” from the Broadway musical “Annie.”