Kanye West Rises from the Ashes to Direct ‘Runaway’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:30 pm,

runaway deer logo Kanye West Rises from the Ashes to Direct Runaway

“Dabble – to work at anything in an irregular or superficial manner.” *Dictionary.com

“Dabble” is the best word to describe what musician Kanye West is doing by directing a movie that will accompany his next album release, Dark Twisted Fantasy, which itself is part of his “Good Music Fridays” initiative, where he releases a new song every Friday between now and Christmas.

The 40-minute movie is called Runaway and it represents West’s first time exploring film as a medium. He recently showed the trailer for Runaway at the pre-show or the MTV Video Music Awards and it left many viewers  grasping for words to explain what they had just seen.

This isn’t the first time West has left people speechless as they try to understand the edgy hip-hop artist. At the 2009 VMA’s, West notoriously interrupted  Taylor Swift while she was accepting her award and instantly solidified his reputation as an egotistical loud-mouth jerk. He took a lot of flak over the next few months, much of which has settled down now – he even got a stern talking to by Jay Leno, who asked the controversial star what his recently-deceased mother would’ve thought about his tasteless behavior.

I threw a Molotov cocktail on my career last year, in a way, and I had to come back as a better person.

runaway girl in feathers Kanye West Rises from the Ashes to Direct Runaway

It’s very hard to explain what is in the short trailer  for Runaway and even harder to explain what the movie will be about, but one thing is for sure – West’s ego will be stamped all over it. The only way to watch the trailer is to check it out on West’s website – fans can also download six audio tracks from his next album after watching it. Check out the link below for the trailer:



While the imagery is beautiful to look at and the framing is excellent, I can’t help but notice the lack of cohesion in the trailer. West says the film is a “visual” that goes along with the album and it’s possible he’s made one long music video that is supposed to be played along with the entire album. If that is the case, then the movie might make more sense when taken into context. Kanye describes Runaway as such:

It’s the story of a phoenix fallen to Earth, and I make her my girlfriend, and people discriminate against her and eventually she has to burn herself alive and go back to her world. I’ve been feeling the idea of the phoenix. It’s been in my heart for a while. It’s maybe parallel to my career.

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West has never been lacking in swagger and ego but I find the statement “I make her my girlfriend” to be very pompous. Of course I have to be honest – if a cute fiery girl fell to Earth and I found her, then I’d make her my girlfriend too. West told NY Mag this in reference to his ego:

“There’s no such thing as an alter ego for me. I am the ego.”

West isn’t the first musician to put down the microphone and step behind the camera. Rob Zombie has done it several times (The Devil’s Rejects, Halloween), Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit has two films to his credit (The Longshots, The Education of Charlie Banks) and most recently Wu-Tang member RZA has decided to direct a Kung Fu film (The Man with the Iron Fist). Not all of these musician-turned-director efforts have been great. Zombie and Durst both had mixed results behind the camera and RZA has yet to be tested.

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West will have to please more than just his fans if he wants to continue making movies. Who knows – if he pulls this off, maybe audiences will be watching a tent pole summer film in 2012 directed by Kayne West – what do you think about that?

Runaway should be released November 16th, 2010 in correlation with Dark Twisted Fantasy.

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Source: The Marquee Blog

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  1. Obgyn, use Google and find out.


    • It’s no wander most ppl hate you 790

      Not only do you post vague and unsubstantiated accusations/”facts” but you also choose not to elaborate on them and manage to do so in a very rude manner.

      Someone needs to do a spin-off of Troll Hunter where they hunt message board trolls…you’d be a perfect villain


  2. Before i say what i’m about to say i will say that i am not directing this comment towards you 790.


    Its funny you say that because when i read the title “Troll Hunter” and the word “Mockumentary” i actually thought it was about that. And to tell you the truth it would be hilarious if like a group of dedicated super hackers tracked down these types of trolls, went to their house and publicly outed them. It would be a reality show i would actually watch (if it weren’t scripted though).

    • Jago, it would have to be scripted because it just will not be exciting…most of these trolls are frail and insecure. Upon confrontation they would whimper and run. And they would have to be tracked down by someone more badass than hackers (hackers/trolls can often be the same person :) )…if they had Henry Rollins going around to these people’s houses and yelling at them, I would pay good money to see it.

    • oh and these comments are directed towards 790

  3. Ogby125, I provide links all the time, people don’t read them…

    You hate me? Like I care,,,

    Google,,, Lady Gaga, Illuminatti symbolism.

    Ghees how hard can it be,,,,?

    • 790

      I’ve never seen you post a link…not once, but okay, whatever you say

      Of course you say you “don’t care”…that’s what they all say

      Why do you have to bring this conspiracy theory crap to so many threads? You know it’s going to get people agitated and argue…I know you love the attention but like I said, you’re very rude and condescending, a true sign of someone who’s insecure in real life. When you state “Its too bad some people can’t see what’s really going on in the world.” and someone asks you what you meant by that and you say “GOOGLE it”, yeah, you’re a douch*bag.

      Oh and BRAVO on the CLEVER distortion of my OGB screen name into OGBY125…how ever did you come up with that?

    • LMAO. I’ve seen article those soo called “satanic symbols” in her videos, and they’re complete BS. Some people just like to make BS up for the sake of atttacking others. It’s one of the many reasons why I can’t stand most people.

      • Matt it’s only a few handful nutjobs that believe in that nonsense and even fewer that actually peach it and defend it and then even fewer that are aholes about it and have an elitist attitude, like they’re the only ones that took the red pill and we’re all ignorant.

        When you get down to that handful of people, it’s perfectly normal to hate them people…I know I do.

        • ogb139,

          You are seriously going off the rails here. Keep it up and I’m going to start deleting comments.


          • How am I going off the rails? I’m addressing the comments made by other posters…

  4. @Ogby139?

    Maybe, I’ll put up a link in a few,,, I’ve got to get back to being insecure and frail,,,

  5. @Ogb139

    Thats the whole point to the show seeing the reaction of these guys getting caught. Ok so hackers might be the actual trolls but we use a couple of them to track others down (sins repented for helping us find the others lol) and we have bad-a$$es like rollins actually confronting them. I wouldn’t want just rollins i’d probably like some other BA’s in there aswell…it would be a dream come true.

    • Make a show out of it with an ensemble cast

      Hackers track ‘em down

      And then we get Henry Rollins to do the intimidating

      Then we can have spin-offs of music BA’s, movie BA’s (the cast of Expendables), etc.

  6. Matt K,

    Comment deleted.