NEW YORK (AP) – Quentin Tarantino’s next work will be in the form of a book.
The Oscar-winning director has a two-book deal with Harper, starting with the novel Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood, which is scheduled for next summer. “Once Upon a Time” will be a true production of Tarantino: The book will be the first to come out as a paperback for the mass market, like the old cellulose novels the director loves, and will offer a “new, playful and shocking departure from the film,” according to Harper.
The film version of “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”
“In the 1970s, film novels were the first adult books I grew up reading,” Tarantino said in a statement Tuesday. “To this day, I have a huge attachment to the genre. So as a fan of film novels, I proudly declare “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” as my contribution to this often marginalized but beloved subgenre of literature. I am also excited to further explore my characters and their world in a literary endeavor that (hopefully) can sit next to my cinematic counterpart. “
Tarantino’s second book will be the documentary “Speculation in Cinema,” which Harper calls “a deep immersion in the films of the 1970s,” based in part on the director’s admiration for the late New York critic Pauline Kayel. Release date not specified.
“The book will be a rich combination of essays, reviews, personal writing and the irritating ‘what if it is’ by one of the film’s most famous directors and his most devoted fan,” according to Harper, a HarperCollins print.
Several directors have written fiction in recent years, including Brian de Palma, David Cronenberg, and Guillermo del Toro, and Michael Mann is working on a prequel to his crime classic Heat. Tarantino, 57, may have more time for books in the future.
He said he would retire from film production after finishing 10 films: “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” was his 9th. Tarantino was under 30 when he made his first feature film, Reservoir Dogs, and claims that most directors lose their advantage in later years. Writing has long been part of his transition plans.
“I think when it comes to theatrical films, I’ve come to the end of the road,” Tarantino, who has not yet announced plans for his next film, told GQ Australia last year. “I see myself writing film books and starting to write theater, so I will continue to be creative. I just think I’ve given everything I have to give to the movies. “
AP screenwriter Jake Coyle contributed to this report.
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