By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood September 24, 2013 at 1:39PM
Columbia Pictures has changed the release date of upcoming musical film "Annie," starring Quvenzhane Wallis (Oscar nominated for 2012's "Beasts of the Southern Wild"). It is now slated for December 18, 2014. Wallis could very well be an Oscar contender in next year's race.
So what's the competition that December? Scheduled to open December 12 is Ridley Scott's biblical "Exodus" and Brad Bird's sci-fi fantasy "Tomorrowland," and on December 17 is "The Hobbit: There and Back Again (3-D/2-D theaters and IMAX 3-D). Sony is probably trying to get away from another mighty musical, Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods" on December 25, which also brings "Night at the Museum 3" and Angelina Jolie's World War II drama "Unbroken."
"Annie" is a modern telling of the Tony-winning classic musical, set in Harlem and directed by Will Gluck ("Easy A," "Friends with Benefits"). Gluck is currently working on a new pass of the film's screenplay, which was penned by actress Emma Thompson and then rewritten by Aline Brosh McKenna ("The Devil Wears Prada," "Cinderella").
Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, Bobby Cannavale and his Emmy date Rose Byrne also star. Will and Jada Smith's Overbrook Entertainment, in partnership with Jay-Z (who, per Shadow and Act, will be working on the soundtrack), are producing.