Quentin Tarantino has denied Kanye West’s claim that the director stole the idea for his film Django Unchained.
Earlier this month, the rapper claimed he pitched the idea for “Django” to Tarantino and Jamie Foxx for the music video for his 2005 hit “Gold Digger.” Django Unchained, released in 2012, followed a freed slave (played by Foxx) who works with a bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) to rescue his wife from a plantation.
On Piers Morgan Uncensored, West said, “Tarantino can write a slave transfer where he – himself and Jamie [Foxx], they got the idea from me because I sent the idea for Django to Jamie Foxx and Quentin Tarantino as a video for ‘Gold Digger’. And then Tarantino turned on him.”
Tarantino responded to West’s claim during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday (October 27), saying the rapper’s version of events “Didn’t happen.”
“It’s not true the idea that Kanye West came up with the idea for Django and then he told me about it, and I was like, ‘Hey, wow, that’s a really great idea. Let me take Kanye’s idea and make Django .Unchained from her.’ That didn’t happen,” Tarantino said.
“I had the idea for Django for a long time, before I met Kanye. He wanted to do a huge movie version of ‘The College Dropout’ the same way he did the album, so it was trying to get great directors to do different tracks. on the album.” and then release it as this huge film, not a video, nothing as raw as the videos, they were films, films based on each of the themes.
“We used it as an excuse to get to know each other and that’s how we met, we had a great time. And he had an idea for a video. I think it was for the ‘Gold Digger’ video, which would be in And the whole thing was the narrative of slavery where he is a slave and he is singing ‘Gold Digger.’ And it was so much fun. It was a really funny idea.”
He added: “It was meant to be tongue-in-cheek. And it’s like great music. I mean, no expense was spared with him in the rag slave outfit, doing everything. And that was also because part of the pushback. I wish he had. . . He looked really good. Anyway, that’s what he’s referring to.”
Tarantino is promoting his film history book, Cinema Speculation, in which the director discusses classic American films from the 1970s. The book will be on sale on November 1.