Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino has inked a two-book deal with publishing house HarperCollins, beginning with the novelisation of his most recent hit Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.
The book will mark Tarantino’s first work of fiction in print and is set to be published in the summer of 2021, HarperCollins said in a press release.
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, which released worldwide in August 2019, featured a star-studded cast led by Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie.
The movie was nominated for 10 Academy Awards at the 2020 Oscars, winning Pitt his best-supporting actor trophy and best production design for Nancy Haigh and Barbara Ling.
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The novel will chart the lives of Tarantino’s protagonists — TV actor Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) and his stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt) — both forward and backwards in time.
“In the seventies movie novelisations were the first adult books I grew up reading. And to this day I have a tremendous amount of affection for the genre. So as a movie-novelisation aficionado, I’m proud to announce ‘Once Upon A Time in Hollywood’ as my contribution to this often marginalised, yet beloved sub-genre in literature,” Tarantino said.
“I’m also thrilled to further explore my characters and their world in a literary endeavour that can (hopefully) sit alongside its cinematic counterpart,” he added.
The book will appear initially as a Harper Perennial mass market paperback, alongside e-book and digital audio editions. A deluxe hardcover edition will follow in late 2021.
The 57-year-old filmmaker’s second book in the series is a work of non-fiction, titled “Cinema Speculation”.
Described as a “deep dive into the movies of the 1970’s”, the book will be a rich mix of essays, reviews, personal writing, and “what if’s”.
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