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Jay-Z and Will Smith Partner for Film Venture


When it comes to Shawn Carter, more commonly referred to as Jay-Z, there is not much in regards to the music world, that he hasn't accomplished. Grammy Awards, eleven number one albums, you name and he's done it. But music isn't enough for the man who recently covered the illustrious Forbes Magazine.

And then we have Will Smith, who started out rhyming while simultaneously providing laughs for an entire generation as Will Smith of Fresh Prince of Bel Air. While he doesn't delve into much audio enlightenment these days, he has turned into quite the actor and movie star. Basically, any feature films that Smith has been involved in over the past few years, have been nothing short of solid.

So what am I getting at? Both musicians. Both still at the top of their respected mediums. Both highly illustrious individuals in the public eye. Why not team up in the adventure and conquering of a new realm—film production. That's right, the two entertainment veterans have contracted a deal with the Smith's (Will and Jada) partners at Overbrook Entertainment to develop and produce major motion pictures.

Can't say I'm that surprised, but I didn't know Jay had that type of creativity in him. Let's hope he doesn't in fact, disappoint.

Smith and Carter's initial project will be a re-making of the Broadway classic Annie, in which Will and Jada's daughter and also newly signed Roc Nation (Jay-Z's label) artist, Willow, will be awarded the starring role of Annie.

"The Overbrook Entertainment family and I have a unified vision," said Jay-Z in a recent statement. "We've already produced a Tony Award-winning play and we're developing a true superstar in Willow. This venture into film development and production is a perfect next step with teams that are accomplished, creative and innovative."

Jay being the undisputed, amazing artist that he is and likewise for Will and his film experience, should make for quite the pairing. Let's just hope we don't see Fresh Prince hit the big screen.

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