The Will Smith camp is at it again. This time Will and Jada want to produce an “Annie” remake, starring their own daughter Willow Smith. Last year the Smith’s production company Overbrook Entertainment released the remake of the 1984 blockbuster film the “The Karate Kid,” starring his son Jaden Smith. Now it’s 10-year-old Willow’s turn.
There was an outcry when movie-buffs heard about “The Karate Kid” remake last year. Victor VonDoom started a petition on Facebook “1,000,000 Strong Against “The Karate Kid” Remake.” In Austin,Texas, Jacob Walinski protested in front of theaters. And almost every review of the movie mentioned “remake curse”. But ultimately the reviews were positive, the only complains were about the length of the movie and complaints about the new “karate kid” actually practicing kung fu.
Sony’s “Karate Kid” made more than $350 million worldwide and ultimately that’s probably what’s paving the way for the new more technicolor “Annie” remake.
While details about the new “Annie” are still in development stages, rapper Jay-Z, who worked with Willow on her pop hit “Whip My Hair” and has some “Annie” experience of his own, is rumored to produce the soundtrack.
If the “Annie” remake is given the green light it’ll undoubtedly receive the same “remake” questions “The Karate Kid” faced: “Why remake a good thing?”
And that’s a real question, especially when you consider that most re-makes and adaptations aren’t as good as the originals.
But in this case it’s a good thing. Just take a look at the 2011 Oscar nominees; it’s a hard knock life for black actors today. If we can retool “Annie” and include actors of color, why not? Kids of color today could see themselves in classic motion pictures their parents watched growing up and perhaps bring families closer together. Not to mention the potential discussion families could have about race.