Smith and Jay-Z approach Thompson to rewrite 'Annie'

Emma Thompson has been approached to write the script for a remake of ‘Annie’ starring Willow Smith.

Emma Thompson has been approached to write the script for a remake of ‘Annie’ starring Willow Smith.

The British actress – who wrote the screenplays for ‘Sense and Sensibility’ and ‘Nanny McPhee’ – is in negotiations with Will Smith and Jay-Z to update the classic comedy musical about a bright-haired orphan girl who finds a new home.

Emma – who is currently co-starring with Will as Agent O in ‘Men in Black III’ – is reportedly the top choice for producers Will and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith and rap star Jay-Z, who is involved in the music of the movie, to adapt the story to suit Willow.

It is unclear if the 52-year-old actress will write a part for herself in the flick.

It was previously revealed 'Glee' creator Ryan Murphy has been approached to direct the movie.

The 45-year-old filmmaker - whose most recent cinema outing was with Julia Roberts in romantic comedy 'Eat Pray Love' - has been asked by Sony to consider helming the remake.

Willow, 10, will be the second child of Will and Jada's who will take a starring role in a movie, with Jaden Smith last year heading up an updated version of 'Karate Kid', which grossed $359m on release.

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