As part of his new two-book deal with HarperCollins’ Harper imprint, it’s been revealed Quentin is set to write the novel adaptation of his latest film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Rick Dalton (portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio in the film) and Cliff Booth (portrayed by Brad Pitt) are the novel’s protagonists, followed“forward and backward in time.” A part of the novel chronicles Dalton’s career after Bounty Law as he looks for a fresh start in Italy, and also includes interactions with real-life individuals of the time such as Burt Reynolds, Pete Duel, Jim Brown, and Fred Williamson.
And that’s not all. As part of Harper and Tarantino’s two-book project, the director’s second book will be nonfiction entitled Cinema Speculation. It’s described as a “deep dive into the movies of the 1970s, a rich mix of essays, reviews, personal writing, and tantalizing “what if’s,” from one of cinema’s most celebrated filmmakers, and its most devoted fan” — pointing towards the possibility that there might be some truth in the “retirement plans” he’s previously touched on.
Quentin said in a statement: “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.”
More info and release dates to be revealed soon.