Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West is catching heat after breaking news claiming a movie studio reached out to him with an interest in taking the role of creative director for an alleged Jetsons film.
While confirming a conference call between Ye and Warner Bros. took place this past week, producer Denise Di Novi claims there was never any discussion of him becoming the movie project’s creative director.
How did the call go? When we asked Di Novi, who’s overseen its development for the last several years, she said, “I don’t know him; until yesterday, I’d never talked to him in my life. I don’t know what else to tell you. He’s not the creative director on the movie, but I loved his passion for The Jetsons. He gets the whole thing about the future that never was. He sees us living on a precipice of technology — cameras in your eye, your mind as a remote control to fire lasers — and wonders how things are going to break, for good or for bad.” DeLine described the conference call as a “free-form conversation” that lasted only about ten minutes Wednesday afternoon. Both he and Di Novi stressed that West was not hired on in any capacity — “He’s just a friend of the court,” she insists — and that things ended on a “‘If you come up with any ideas, let us know,’ kind of way.” (New York Mag)
The conference call reportedly took place between Warner and Ye on Wednesday (January 4).
The Warner Bros. project remains in its very early stages, and, after years in development, the Di Novi-De Line duo is looking to hire a screenwriter and a director. As it happens, West is an ardent fan of the cartoon classic and has been attempting to become a part of the live-action movie version for two years. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Ye broke the news of what allegedly took place during the discussion.
“I was just discussing becoming the creative director for the Jetson movie and someone on the call yelled out.. you should do a Jetsons tour!,” he tweeted January 4th.
“This just happened a few hours ago. I was very insulted of course becuase for anyone that’s seen the Watch the Throne Tour…”
“Or Coachella or Glow in the Dark or Runaway.. you know I have real ideas…” (Kanye West’s Twitter)
As movie talks continue to carry on, Ye’s new Watch the Throne joint LP is still flying off store shelves.
Rap duo Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne jumped up 28 slots to No. 15 with 26,700. Knocking out their 21st week, the duo’s joint effort has sold 1,231,700 copies. (SOHH Sales Wrap)
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