Frank Ocean has been MIA for a minute now, and while the release of Blonde feels simultaneously like eons ago, but also yesterday, it seems like patience for the artist’s return is wearing thin. Frank Ocean might not have a new album in the works, but he is reportedly taking his career in another direction and stepping behind the camera. Ocean is rumored to direct his very first feature film with indie production company (and home to many box office hits), A24.
An A24 film feels extremely on-brand for Frank Ocean, and it comes as no surprise that this studio would be the one to usher him into this new direction. Not only did Ocean write the foreword for A24’s screenplay book to Moonlight, but two of his tracks, “Godspeed” and “Seigfried,” were both featured in A24’s 2019 film, Waves.
Everything about this supposed project is being put through the rumor mill, and nothing has been confirmed yet. So far, all we know is that this film will be written and directed by Ocean. According to HYPEBEAST, the untitled project has been nicknamed “Philly.” New Mexico is being scouted as a potential location for the film. Just like Frank Ocean himself, this project seems unpredictable, and it’s tough to form any concrete thoughts about it.
While this will be Ocean’s first-ever feature film debut, this isn’t exactly the first time he’s experimented with film as a medium. Do you remember that livestream he did back in 2016 for his visual album Endless? Yeah, the one where he was playing his own beats and building a staircase. It’s not exactly the same as a scripted piece, but it was an early telling of his interest to express his art through a different lens (if you will) while using his music as a vehicle of transition.
We’ll keep you updated on Frank Ocean’s director moves as we get more information.
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