Quentin Tarantino on Kanye West claiming ‘Django Unchained’ idea: ‘I wish he had done it’

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 25: Quentin Tarantino attends the closing ceremony screening of "The Specials" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 25, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

Quentin Tarantino debunks who came up with the concept for his film “Django Unchained.”

Quentin Tarantino is well-known for his crime and dark comedy films such as “Kill Bill: Volume 1,” “Reservoir Dogs,” “Pulp Fiction,” and others. He also directed “Django Unchained,” a slave revenge story that won him an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 2012.

However, “Django Unchained” has been the source of numerous controversies, with rapper Kanye West recently claiming that Quentin Tarantino stole the idea from him. West claimed in a recent interview on “Piers Morgan Uncensored” that he pitched the “Django Unchained” idea to Quentin Tarantino and actor Jamie Foxx as the music video for his song “Gold Digger” in 2005.

In an episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” the 59-year-old director clarifies his encounter with the “Flashing Lights” rapper and where the original idea came from.

Quentin Tarantino clarified, then went on to explain:

“I’d had the idea for ‘Django’ for a while before I ever met Kanye. We used it as an excuse to meet each other and so we met each other we had a really good time. And he did have an idea for a video. I do think it was for the ‘Gold Digger’ video, that he would be a slave.”

Despite clarifying who came up with the idea for the 2012 film, the 59-year-old director said he had a good time working with the rapper. Quentin Tarantino expanded on a concept pitched to him by Kanye West, which they could not produce for unknown reasons.

Tarantino explained to Kimmel:

“It was meant to be ironic. And it’s like a huge musical. I mean, like no expenses spared with him in this slave rag outfit, doing everything. And then that was also part of the part of the pushback on it. But I wish he had done it. It sounded really cool. Anyway, that’s what he’s referring to.”

In addition to Kanye West’s misleading claim about “Django Unchained,” the rapper has been embroiled in controversy over his anti-semitic remarks, with multiple brands cutting ties with his brand.