The crowded TV landscape is making some room for another big name: Kanye West.
The Grammy-winning rapper will executive-produce Omniverse, an anthology series in development at Showtime. Per the official description, Omniverse plans to explore “the many doors of perception,” with Season 1 focused on the Ego.
Jaden Smith (The Get Down) will star as
a young an alternate reality Kanye West in the first season, which will take place in an alternate reality.
Smith will executive-produce the half-hour project with West, with Lee Sung Jin (Silicon Valley) on board to write the script. Omniverse marks West’s first major TV project.
In a statement, 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.”
Earlier this week, Showtime renewed its Wall Street satire Black Monday for a second season. Other recently announced projects at the network include a Halo series (starring Orange Is the New Black‘s Pablo Schreiber), based on the popular Xbox video game franchise; a sequel-of-sorts to its horror drama Penny Dreadful; an adaptation of the novel The Good Lord Bird, starring Ethan Hawke; and a half-hour anthology series from The Chi creator Lena Waithe.
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