The eccentric Oscar-winning writer and director Quentin Tarantino has signed a two-book deal with HarperCollins, which will begin with a written version of Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. The next book is slated to be called Cinema Speculation and will serve as a tribute to critic Pauline Kael and the films of the 1970s.
This statement from Tarantino conveys his enthusiasm for these new projects:
“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 as 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.”
HarperCollins Vice President and Executive Editor Noah Eaker had nothing but praise for Tarantino in his own statement:
“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.”
It should surprise no one that Tarantino plans to release the book in style, first as a mass market paperback with accompanying e-book and digital editions, and later as a deluxe hardcover.
Tarantino has won two Oscars, both in the original screenplay category, first for Pulp Fiction in 1994 and then in 2012 for Django Unchained. He earned his third directing nomination and fourth screenplay bid for Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood in 2019. That film won two Oscars, for supporting actor Brad Pitt and its production design, and was chosen by the Critics Choice Association as its Best Picture winner.