Kanye West is working with Showtime to create an anthology show in which Jaden Smith will play an alternate reality version of himself. I’m not sure what I just typed, but the name of the show will be Omniverse and is being developed as a limited half-hour series “examining the many doors of perception.” While likely not remaining focused on Kanye, the first season will be an exploration of the ego of not-Kanye.
The show is being produced by West, SB Projects, Westbrook Studios, and writer Lee Sung Jin. It is notable for being one of the first anthology shows to come to Showtime in many years. Despite being quite big in different forms of media, Omniverse will be the first TV series that Kanye will be credited with a production role. He’ll be serving as executive producer along with Scooter Braun, Lee Sung Jin, Jaden Smith, James Shin, Scott Manson, and Miguel Melendez.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Jin said, “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. 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.”
I wish I could say I was surprised, but Kanye has always been in love with himself. Creating a show that idolizes him was just the next step of his egotism. While I have no real interest in watching whatever Omniverse is, I do have to give Kanye credit for finally stepping into the realm of television shows. The man’s music videos have been getting increasingly longer over the years, so why not drop the pretense and go for the full thing?
Jaden Smith to Play Young Kanye West in Showtime Anthology [Hollywood Reporter]