De Palma's latest films, The Black Dahlia in 2006 ($50 million budget; $49.3 million worldwide gross) and Redacted in 2007 (micro-budget; $782k worldwide) have neither inspired Untouchables-level praise nor Mission: Impossible-level success. The Untouchables: Capone Rising is currently in development at Paramount. That could give 70-year old De Palma two chances to prove that he's still got it.
- It's confirmed. Willow Smith will star in Annie. "We're developing a true superstar in Willow," Jay-Z told THR. "The Overbrook Entertainment family and I have a unified vision. We've already produced a Tony Award winning play…This venture into film development and production is a perfect next step with teams that are accomplished, creative, and innovative.” Overbrook produced Will Smith's Ali, Hitch, Pursuit of Happyness, I Am Legend and Jaden Smith's Karate Kid, which combined have generated over $2.5 billion in revenue. Columbia president Doug Belgrad adds: “Combining Willow with the Overbrook team that reimagined Karate Kid and the spectacular Jay-Z makes this a dream project. A decade ago, Jay-Z proved that the power of the underlying Broadway property remains, by showing how these songs could be reinterpreted for a new generation with Hard-Knock Life."