Tarantino: Kanye didn’t come up with ‘Django Unchained’ idea

Quentin Tarantino says ‘there is no truth’ to Kanye West’s claim that the rapper came up with the idea for Tarantino’s 2012 film Django Unchained and the director stole it.

The filmmaker, who won an Oscar for writing the drama The Freed Slave, starring Jamie Foxx, has refuted the embattled rap artist’s comments West made in a recent interview with pundit Piers Morgan.

West, who legally changed his name to Ye last year, claimed he came up with the idea for “Django” for his 2005 song “Gold Digger.”

“It’s not true that Kanye West came up with the idea of ​​’Django’ and then he told me and I said, ‘Hey, wow, that’s a really great idea, let me take Kanye’s idea and make ‘Django Unchained’ out of him.’ OK. That didn’t happen,” Tarantino said Thursday while appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live. (Skip to the 17:30 minute mark of her interview.)

“I had the idea for ‘Django’ a while before I ever met Kanye,” he added.

The filmmaker and author, 59 – whose new book Cinema Speculation is drawing film reviews (including critics from the Los Angeles Times) – said Ye wanted directors to work with various tracks from his 2004 album The College Dropout ‘ and ‘Release it as this giant movie.

“So we used it as an excuse to meet up. So we met and we had a really good time. And he had an idea for a video – and I think it was for the ‘Gold Digger’ video – that he was going to be a slave,” Tarantino recalls.

“And the whole thing was the slave story where he’s the slave and he sings ‘Gold Digger.’ And it was very funny. It was a really, really funny idea… it was meant to be ironic. It’s like a giant musical,” he added. “I mean, no expense spared, okay? He does everything with him in this slave clothes outfit. That was also part of the pushback on it. But I wish he had. It sounded really cool. At least that’s what he means.”

The “Gold Digger” music video ended with Foxx and West dancing with pin-up models instead.

The music and fashion mogul has been widely condemned in recent weeks and has fallen from grace after making anti-Semitic remarks and false claims about the death of George Floyd, whose family is suing the rapper for harassment, embezzlement and defamation.

Ye, who completed a failed White House run in 2020, has made outlandish and hurtful claims for years, including the infamous statement in 2018 that slavery was “a choice.”

But his recent provocations — like wearing a “White Lives Matter” shirt alongside right-wing commentator Candace Owens and having several black models in his Yeezy runway show doing the same — have resulted in professional following and brief suspensions from Instagram and Twitter.

(His Twitter The account was recently reinstated, with many speculating that the reactivation had to do with Elon Musk’s takeover of the platform.)

Last week, the Grammy winner was dropped by talent agency CAA and reportedly by his record label. Global brands such as Adidas, JP Morgan Chase, Balenciaga, The Gap, Foot Locker and Peloton have also ended their partnerships with him. The rapper was escorted out of Skechers’ Manhattan Beach headquarters earlier this week after arriving unannounced, and his Donda Academy appears to be closed.

He returned to Instagram on Wednesday and claimed he “lost $2 billion in one day.”

On Thursday, CNN reported that West had long admired Adolf Hitler and made remarks about the Nazi dictator, remarks excised from his infamous TMZ interview in which he said slavery was “a choice.”

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