There’s little doubt that Quentin Tarantino is one of the most iconic directors Hollywood has had in the last 50 years. But now, he’s eyeing a book deal as well. Tarantino has agreed to sign a two-book deal with HarperCollins, releasing a Once Upon a Time in Hollywood book series. The series will hit the bookshelves next summer and will be an extension to the love letter to the Golden Age of cinema, diving deep into the 70s.
Quentin Tarantino is writing a paperback version of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Tarantino has always been a fan of accompanying his incredible hits with paperback novels. And he’s doing the same for TV actor Rick Dalton and his stunt double Cliff Booth. He’ll be following their lives with his typical non-linear storyline, giving us more of an insight that the film couldn’t give.
Other than the lives of the characters played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, Tarantino’s books will also explore the myth that surrounds Los Angeles. It will cover all of the events that happened in the summer right before the Manson murders. But, it will have more insight from Italian Spaghetti Westerns that announced Clint Eastwood to the world.
Furthermore, Quentin Tarantino even wrote down 6 episodes of Dalton’s fictional show Bounty Law. And in the second novel, Tarantino will dive down deeper into the movies from the 70s. It’s “a rich mix of essays, reviews, personal writing, and tantalizing ‘what if’s,'” that Tarantino nerds like to read. And it’s not surprising considering how many award-winning scripts he has written.
In Tarantino’s own words
Tarantino had this to say about the book and his love for that era:
In the seventies, movie novelizations 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-novelization aficionado, I’m proud to announce Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, my contribution to this often marginalized yet beloved sub-genre in literature. I’m also thrilled to further explore my characters and their world in a literary endeavor that can (hopefully) sit alongside its cinematic counterpart.
Furthermore, HarperCollins Executive Editor and Vice President Noah Eaker said:
Quentin Tarantino’s literary talents have been in plain sight since his first scripts, but to see how skillfully he endows his characters with life on the page and how he constantly takes a reader by surprise, even one who knows the movie by heart, is to see a master storyteller trying on a new form and making it his own.