Glee creator Ryan Murphy is in the lead to direct Sony's musical remake Annie. While Sony has approached Ryan Murphy to direct, a formal offer hasn't been made yet, and it is still very early in the process.

We reported a few weeks ago that the Annie remake is being set up by Sony Pictures through a joint venture between Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment and rapper Jay-Z. Willow Smith, the 10-year-old daughter of Will Smith, will play the orphaned title character.

The character Annie started out as a comic strip and was turned into a successful Broadway play in 1977, winning seven Tony Awards including Best Musical. The show was adapted into the 1982 movie Annie, which starred Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Bernadette Peters, Tim Curry, and Aileen Quinn as Annie.

No production schedule was given for this new Annie musical.