Quentin Tarantino denies he stole idea for "Django Unchained" from Kanye West
"That didn't happen."
Quentin Tarantino has responded to claims made by Kanye West that he stole the idea for "Django Unchained" from the rapper.
The filmmaker was asked about Ye's claims on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday night (27 October).
"Okay, well, there’s not 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.' That didn’t happen," Tarantino said.
“I’d had the idea for ‘Django’ for a while before I ever met Kanye.
"He wanted to do a giant movie version of ‘The College Dropout’ the way he did the album – so he wanted to get big directors to do different tracks from the album and then release it, like, as this, like, giant movie – not video, nothing as crass as videos, they were movies, they were gonna be movies based on each of the different tracks.
"So we used it as an excuse, me and Kanye, to meet each other and so we met each other and we had a really good time.
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"He did have an idea for a video. And I do think it was for the ‘Gold Digger’ video, that he would be a slave. 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.”
“It was meant to be ironic. It’s like a huge musical, and I mean, like no expenses spared with him in this slave rag outfit, doing everything.
"That was also part of the part of the pushback on it. But I wish he had done it. It sounded really cool."
Speaking on Piers Morgan Uncensored earlier this week, Ye claimed that he had pitched the “Django” idea to Tarantino and Jamie Foxx.
“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’. And then Tarantino turned it into a film."