Quentin Tarantino has dismissed Kanye West’s claim that he and Jamie Foxx “got the idea” for the concept of their 2012 film “Django Unchained” from him.
During an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” the 59-year-old director set the record straight when host Jimmy Kimmel asked if he had taken the concept after West pitched a similar idea when brainstorming the music video for his 2005 song “Gold Digger,” which features Foxx.
“There’s no truth to the idea that Kanye West came up with the idea of Django and then he told that to me, and I go, ‘Hey, wow, that’s a really great idea. Let me take Kanye’s idea and make Django Unchained out of it,'” Tarantino quipped. “That didn’t happen.”
The “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” filmmaker stated that he had sat on the idea for the movie “for a while before I ever met Kanye.”
“[West] wanted to do a giant movie version of The College Dropout [his 2004 debut album] the way he did the album,” Tarantino continued. “So he wanted to get big directors to do different tracks from the album and then release it as this giant movie… not videos, nothing as crass as videos, movies, they were going to be movies based on each of the different tracks.”
Tarantino stated that the two used the project as an “excuse to meet each other,” and that the Yeezy founder “did have an idea for a video” in which West was portrayed as a slave.
“I do think it was for the ‘Gold Digger’ video, that he would be a slave,” Tarantino said. “And the whole thing was this slave narrative where he’s a slave and he’s singing ‘Gold Digger.’ And it was very funny. It was a really, really funny idea.”
Kimmel interjected: “It was a funny slave video, I mean…”
Tarantino responded: “It was meant to be ironic. And it’s like a huge musical. I mean, like no expenses spared with him in this slave rag outfit, doing everything. And then that was also part of the part of the pushback on it. But I wish he had done it. It sounded really cool. Anyway, that’s what he’s referring to.”
In a recent interview with Piers Morgan, West asserted that Tarantino and Jamie Foxx, who plays Django in “Django Unchained,” “got the idea [for the film] from me.”
“Tarantino can write a movie about slavery, where actually — him and Jamie — they got the idea from me, because the idea for ‘Django’ I pitched to Jamie Foxx and Quentin Tarantino as the video for ‘Gold Digger,'” Kanye claimed. “And then Tarantino turned it into a film.”
West is currently facing a massive backlash after his recent antisemitic comments.