Jaden Smith to Play Young, ‘Alternate Reality’ Version of Kanye West in Showtime Anthology ‘Omniverse’

West is executive producing the series from Scooter Braun’s SB projects

Last Updated: May 1, 2019 @ 11:24 AM

Kanye West is developing an anthology series for Showtime, “Omniverse,” that will star Jaden Smith as an alternate reality version of the rapper.

“Omniverse” examines the many doors of perception. Season 1 explores the Ego through an alternate reality West. The half-hour series is from Scooter Braun’s SB Projects, Westbrook Studios and writer Lee Sung Jin, who will pen the script. Smith is also an executive producer.

For West, “Omniverse” represents the multi-hyphenate’s first foray into television. No other details for the series were made available.

Additional executive producers include James Shin and Scott Manson on behalf of SB Projects, and Miguel Melendez.

Lee Sung Jin is currently a co-executive producer on Amazon’s “Undone.” His past credits include the upcoming Netflix animated comedy “Tuca & Bertie” and HBO’s “Silicon Valley.” Lee’s pilot, “Singularity,” was directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.

“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,” said Lee Sung Jin. “‘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.”

Lee is repped by WME, Grandview Entertainment and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman LLP.

On Monday, Showtime renewed comedy “Black Monday” for a second season and announced it would expand its first late night series “Desus & Mero” to two nights a week beginning in May. It will air on Monday and Thursday nights beginning May 6. The schedule will continue throughout the summer until its planned hiatus on Monday, August 5.