‘Annie’ International Trailer: A Modernized Musical

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Fans of the 1982 musical Annie – which starred Aileen Quinn as the titular little orphan – were likely up in arms when word broke that Will Smith was producing a modernized remake of the film (itself, based on the famous Broadway stage musical), with his daughter Willow Smith in line for the lead role. As it turns out, Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) ended up joining the film, along with an ensemble cast that includes Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz and Rose Byrne.

We’ve already had our first glimpse at the film, with the release of its first trailer. Now Sony Pictures has released the international version of the theatrical preview, and while it doesn’t feature a whole lot of new footage, it does give some indication regarding what tone the film is going for.

Brought to the screen by director Will Gluck (Easy A, Friends with Benefits), this new Annie looks like it is aiming to achieve a balance between the earnest sentiment of the original film and a more measured self-aware playfulness. Gluck has brought the latter element to much of his directorial work, with Easy A being an especially memorable and snarky modern take on high school comedies of the past.

annie 2014 movie trailer Annie International Trailer: A Modernized Musical

While some may feel the 1982 production seems dated by today’s standards, there’s little question that the music of Annie has stood the test of time, and both Wallis and Foxx possess a natural onscreen charisma that – if it transcends into the finished film – could really sell the bond that their characters develop over the course of the narrative at hand. That really leaves the task up to Gluck and his team to meld all of these elements into a film that can tug at the heartstrings without feeling overly sappy and leave a whole new generation humming tunes likes “It’s a Hard Knock Life” (a rendition similar to the 1998 version by Jay-Z, who serves as a producer on the film alongside Smith).

It’s anyone’s guess at this point if this new Annie will manage to find an audience upon its release this Christmas, when it will undoubtedly face a crowded holiday weekend at the cinemas. If the film does become a big hit, expect other studios to fast-track remakes of other classic musicals, possibly even the rumored Steven Spielberg take on West Side Story.

Are you looking forward to the Annie remake? Sound off below with your thoughts.

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Annie hits theaters on December 25, 2014.

Source: Sony Pictures

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  1. This will attract families for sure. I played the trailer when my mom walked by, and she immediately wanted to watch this. When I said ‘December’ she frowned.
    Plus the theme song will stuck in your head no matter what version it is.

  2. Ooooo! Cool!
    Hollywood has found a way to sap all the charm and beauty out of another classic!
    Yay!

    I predict this will be exactly as insipid as the trailer makes it out to be.

    • Agreed. And changing Annie’s race just because they can is ludicrous. It’s all for controversy and hopefully a jump in tickets for the black populace, and is an insult to a classic story, as well as black people themselves. This is absurd and I encourage anyone, no matter your race or creed, don’t watch this tripe or give them a penny. How this film could be green-lit just shows how inept Hollywood is. I can only hope this thing fails miserably.

      • is this you Gandalf ???

      • THE NERVE OF THEM! HOW DARE THEY! How dare little kids of color dream. Where do they get off dreaming that they could one day stand out front in a classic such as this. They need to close their eyes, go back to sleep and dream a different dream. They should close their minds like so many people who would not allow such a thing like this to happen. Stay in your place. Don’t you dare dream!

    • Amen.

  3. I know this is just for kids, but the parents taking their kids STILL have to power through it. That’s why I wish more kids films were taken seriously (With the exception of Cars 2, Pixar has done a fantastic job at making appropriate, fun movies that both kids and adults can enjoy). This just looks bad…

    BTW, in a musical, never have a character question WHY everyone is singing.

  4. My daughter will enjoy this!

  5. Will Benedict Cumberbatch make a surprise appearance?

  6. i will watch this movie if Michael Bay will direct and produce it, i can already see the Trailer..

  7. this is ok i guess as long as Annie won’t Rap or something

  8. Aw, why are they even screwing around with this thing? I would not waste my time making it. But someone somewhere evidently wants another version. Not my cup of tea at all, but I hope those who do favor it enjoy it.

  9. let’s be clear here, MY point has absolutely nothing to do with race.

    I think this looks insipid because they are diluting the original message and making it “hip” and “up-to-date”.

    The only thing they could have done worse was make it “edgy and dark”.

  10. Ugh! Auto tunes .
    Ugh! Remixed songs.

  11. I think it will be good. It’s going to be negative comments because she is black and they are using up to date music, but nothing is wrong with change.

  12. This is ridiculous! If you’re going to remake something beyond recognition, just write an original screenplay, for heaven’s sake! Annie was based on Little Orphan Annie, a Depression-era comic strip. This bears no resemblance to Harold Gray’s work. As a cartoonist, I would resent someone taking such liberties with my legacy.