Quentin Tarantino wants to expand the universe of one of his films and will write two books

Rick Dalton and his stunt double Cliff Booth will return to pop culture, only in the most unexpected ways. This week it emerged that the script for Quentin Tarantino’s 2019 hit Once Upon a Time .., in Hollywood will have its literary version written by the director himself, a project solid enough that Harper Collins publishing house is willing to publish not one. , but two books on history.

Tarantino’s deal with Harper, an affiliate publisher of Harper Collins Publishers, will expand the story on screen, and is of course aimed at answering questions from fans about what happened after Rick stopped the tragic murder of Sharon Tate. The novelization of Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood it will mark Tarantino’s first printed work of fiction. The first book will be published in the summer of 2021.

In addition, the first installment is expected to delve into the alternate universe imagined by Tarantino once his characters avoid one of the most violent events in recent Hollywood history. In the original script, Cliff and Rick clash almost by accident with the Manson family and prevent the violent murders that in one way or another marked the end of an era in Hollywood in the sixties.

The book will delve into the “fresh, fun and shocking exit of the movie” to reflect on what happened after such a heroic act in the lives of Dalton and Booth. The past and future of both characters, united by a relationship of strange complicity.

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Inspired by the classic movie novelizations that inspired Tarantino to write his now iconic screenplays, the first novel will be published as a paperback under the Harper Perennial imprint, along with e-book versions and digital audiobooks. In fall 2021, a deluxe hardcover edition will be released that will also bring together some sketches from the original script.

“In the 1970s, movie novelizations were the first adult books that I read,” Tarantino said in a statement. “And to this day I have a great affection for the genre. So, as a fan of motion pictures, I am proud to announce that Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood is my contribution to this often marginalized but beloved subgenre of literature. I am also delighted to further explore my characters and their world in a literary endeavor that can (hopefully) be their cinematic counterpart. “

Tarantino’s second book will be a nonfiction novel titled Cinema Speculation. The volume will be a deep dive into the cinema of the 1970s and will feature essays, reviews, and personal writings by Quentin Tarantino.

“Quentin Tarantino’s literary talent has been on the horizon since his first screenplays. But to see how cleverly he brings his characters to life on the page and how he constantly amazes the reader, even those who know the film by heart, is to see a master storyteller trying out a new way (of writing) and making it his own, ”he said. Harper Collins Vice President and Executive Editor Noah Eaker.

Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood received 10 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Director and Original Screenplay. Brad Pitt won his first Oscar for best supporting actor as Booth, the stunt double of the actor played by Leonardo DiCaprio.

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