The last time Spike Jonze and [artist id="1230523"]Kanye West[/artist] collaborated, ‘Ye ended up bound, gagged, stuffed in a trunk and on the receiving end of some serious shovel-related violence. This time, who knows what will happen?
Well, we’ve got some details.
Last week, news began to trickle out that West and director Jonze — who teamed up last year for the eye-popping (and brain-warping) “Flashing Lights” video — were working together once again, this time on a video for West’s “See You in My Nightmares.” Intrigued, MTV News decided to follow up, reaching out to reps for both parties for comment on the collaboration.
“They’ve teamed up again, but this time, it’s for a short film,” Vincent Landay, Jonze’s producing partner, told MTV News. “It’s not necessarily [a video for 'Nightmares'], but the song is featured in it. We’re still editing it right now, it’s probably going to run between 10-15 minutes. … Essentially, we’ve been editing it whenever we had time — it’ll be a couple of weeks on and then a couple of weeks off. … Nobody’s making any money on it, so it’s sort of like, ‘Hey, let’s get in there and edit on night and weekends.’ ”
Landay — who has produced the majority of Jonze’s ventures, including his upcoming “Where the Wild Things Are” movie — went on to add that the film was shot at the end of January over the course of two days in Los Angeles, and that there’s no set date for its release. And while he wasn’t about to reveal all the details about the project, Landay did say that it’s a decidedly Jonze-ian event.
“I’d rather not say what that plot is, but it’s based on an idea Spike had,” Landay explained. “It came to him, and he called Kanye and said, ‘I think you’d be great in this. We showed Kanye a very early rough cut, and he said, ‘It’s very Spike Jonze.’ … I don’t know when or where it will debut. We did it for fun, so maybe it would be good if someone would give us an actual deadline for it.”
A spokesperson for West’s label, Island Def Jam, did not respond to MTV News’ requests for comment on the “Nightmares” short film. It’s not known if the song will be actively promoted as the third single from West’s 808s & Heartbreak, as it is one of four tracks from the album — along with “Amazing,” “Paranoid” and “Welcome to Heartbreak” — currently receiving airplay on radio.