'Annie' to start shooting in the spring

Aug. 18, 2012 at 7:21 PM
1 of 2
| License Photo

LONDON, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- "Annie" screenwriter Emma Thompson says the movie musical, starring 11-year-old Willow Smith as the titular orphan, is to start filming this spring.

Rapper Jay-Z is writing some music to be featured in the contemporary big-screen remake, while Smith's father, Will, is producing the picture.

"I have been writing the script for nearly three years; it's exciting," Thompson told the BBC.

"In the autumn, we get to go to Los Angeles to work with Willow and work on more of the script," said Thompson. "Jay-Z has already started working on the music. We will start shooting in the spring in New York."

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending News
Bella Cruise marries without Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman
Drake, Beyonce release new song
Johnny Depp 'worried' by daughter Lily-Rose's growing fame
YouTube star Caleb Logan Bratayley dead at 13
Tori Spelling reveals she slept with '90210' co-star Jason Priestley