Kanye West's First TV Show Is A Twilight Zone-Style Trip Through Multiple Kanyeverses

By BRAD NASH
02 May 2019
Culture, Kanye West, Jaden Smith
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Starring Jaden Smith as... Kanye West.

Is this the most shockingly unshocking news to come out of the TV world so far this year? Probably, but there aren't many things Kanye West can do these days that prompt much more than a mildly-enthused, mildly-cynical raising of the eyebrows from most people around the world. Well, at least until he drops Yandhi.

For now, Kanye West is pottering about, leading his strange 'quasi-Christian' (as we've seen it described) Sunday services, selling rather expensive YEEZY-designed merch to go along with said spiritual gatherings, releasing sneakers, wearing far-less desirable sneakers and generally having a good time.

He's certainly not making as much of a nuisance of himself as he was during the peak of his MAGA-hatted days last year. Now though, he's set his creative sights on a project for the screen. One that's as confusing as just about anything related to the rapper as of late. Honestly, we don't know how Kim gets through the day at this point.

As we've been reminded, it's not Kanye West's first foray into TV, either.

According to Deadline, the show, called Omniverse, is basically going to be a simultaneous tribute and critique of Kanye West's now-legendary ego. West, alongside Scooter Braun’s SB Projects, Westbrook Studios and writer Lee Sung Jin (Undone) will help bring Omniverse to life, which is basically a Twilight Zone-esque anthology where an alternate reality Kanye West (played by Jaden Smith) embarks on a series of adventures that will challenge people's perception of the ego behind the music.

Or something like that, it's all a little murky. It'll be weird, it'll probably be wonderful, much like most of the things Jaden Smith does right now, it'll probably be full of obscure, half-baked ideas that he thinks are more clever than they actually are, and of course, we'll probably enjoy it immensely anyway.

"I’m honored and thrilled to be collaborating with everyone involved to present an alternate world through the eyes of a young man somewhere in the multiverse who happens to also be a Kanye West," said Lee. "Omniverse is not set in our world nor about our world’s Kanye West as we aim to add a new spin on alternate realities, consciousness, and push the limits of half hour narrative."

According to the reports, the show is still very much in its embryonic stages, however Showtime, who ordered a pilot script, will be bringing the project to TV, meaning it probably has a fair amount of weight behind it. Both West and Smith are set to executive produce.


Via GQ Australia