Kanye West may be heading to the Middle East to film another short film, according to sources familiar with the musician's plans.
The film is expected to be a short art piece, in the vein of his 30-minute music video for "Runaway." The earlier film starred Victoria Secret's angel Selita Ebanks as a birdlike creature who descended upon West's home for a trip filled with eerie Michael Jackson tribute parades and fancy banquets interrupted by a troupe of ballerinas.
While West's plans are as yet unconfirmed, New York asks an important question: Does this mean Kanye won't have time for his "Jetsons" movie?
West's creative team is said to be seeking out local talent in an effort to create a project with an organic, respectful feel.
Those worried about that the brash hip hop star may not do justice to the region's culture should be assured that the Middle East has a proven ability to survive Western cultural incursions. After all, the Sex and the City gals filmed a movie there.
West has often mentioned that he is a citizen of the world in his songs. On "Watch the Throne," he and Jay-Z's album of rap monarchy anthems, the rapper berates those who are less traveled, admonishing them for not "being accustomed to customs."
For more, including why Kanye supposedly picked the region, head over to The Observer.