Leaked Sony Docs Reveal Plans For Kanye West Movie

Leaked emails also reveal potential Destiny’s Child biopic.

December 15, 2014

The devastating, extensive trove of leaked documents from the recent hack on entertainment company Sony's servers has thus far revealed details both charmingly hilarious and, well, not-so-funny—and the juicy tidbits keep on coming. The Daily Beast reports on an email dug up from August 4 of this year between Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal and Elon Rutberg, Kanye West's creative director, to discuss an ambitious feature-length film involving Kanye in some way, shape, or form.

"I supervise all of Kanye's film and media projects, and we have a major film project coming up that involves both cinematic and technological innovation, so I naturally thought Sony and wanted to reach out," Rutberg wrote in the email. "We premiered a multi-screen cinema experience to great response at Cannes 2012, and are looking to take the storytelling to the next level with a feature length film, shot for an immersive cinema experience."

Another email dated August 7 of this year between film producer James Weaver, actor Seth Rogen, director Evan Goldberg, and Pascal details a planned cameo from Kanye in a Christmas Eve-themed film due next year that's set to star Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt and directed by Jonathan Levine (who previously directed the Rogen and JGL-starring 2011 film 50/50). "We'll have an XMAS tease for 2015," Pascal claimed. "We have a specific idea to attach to THE INTERVIEW that will crush. Seth, Joe, and [Anthony] Mackie reenacting the scene from BIG on the floor piano at FAO Schwartz with KANYE WEST. It's fucking awesome."

But wait! There's more: an email from December 4 of last year between Screen Gems head Clint Culpepper, Pascal, and a team of assorted Sony executives has also surfaced, in which Culpepper mentions a proposed Destiny's Child biopic from Beyoncé's father, Matthew Knowles. "Matthew Knowles, Beyonce's Father wants to make the film of Destiny's Child and came to me first," wrote Culpepper. "He's going to Universal next. Do we think it would be a successful film? They're on Sony label. I'm just not sure that it's not too soon."

The response from the other Sony execs on the chain was, allegedly, enthusiastic—but, remember, this was a year ago, and there's a Lifetime biopic on Destiny's Child in the works set to air on the network in February of next year. (Before you get your hopes up for it, remember how the Aaliyah biopic turned out—and then, please, try to scrub it from your memory.)

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Leaked Sony Docs Reveal Plans For Kanye West Movie