Director Quentin Tarantino has spoken out about his decision to axe Frank Ocean from the soundtrack for his forthcoming new film Django Unchained.
Ocean had previously claimed in an interview with GQ that he had written a song for the flick but, when the movie’s official album tracklisting was released earlier this week, the singer’s effort was not included.
Pitchfork reports that Tarantino has now released a statement addressing his decision. “Frank Ocean wrote a fantastic ballad that was truly lovely and poetic in every way, there just wasn’t a scene for it,” he wrote. “I could have thrown it in quickly just to have it, but that’s not why he wrote it and not his intention.
“So I didn’t want to cheapen his effort,” he added. “But, the song is fantastic, and when Frank decides to unleash it on the public, they’ll realise it then.”
The film, Tarantino’s first since 2009’s Inglourious Basterds, is a Western set in the American South during the 1800s. It stars Jamie Foxx as Django, a freed slave who teams up with a bounty hunter, played by Christoph Waltz, in a bid to murder a gang of killers called the Brittle Brothers. If successful, Django will secure his own freedom forever and liberate his enslaved wife. The film is scheduled for release on December 25 in the US and January 18 in the UK – scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to watch the final trailer.