The novelization of Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar winning 2019 feature film Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood was released this week, and while he was going from outlet to outlet promoting the book, Tarantino made headlines on more than one occasion. Here are some of those things.
● While on The Joe Rogan Experience, Tarantino confirmed that he is going to be doing a video store podcast with Pulp Fiction co-writer, Roger Avary, called the Video Archives Podcast Show, where Avary and Tarantino will be a movie from either the 70s, 80s, or 90s, and discuss and analyze it with a guest.
● Also discussed during The Joe Rogan Experience, Tarantino claimed that he initially wanted Mickey Rourke to play the role of Mike McKay in Death Proof. Tarantino claimed that while Rourke did want to do it, Rourke’s agents started messing around with Tarantino till the role eventually went to Kurt Russell.
● On The Joe Rogan Podcast as well, he discussed that if he ever were to make a Kill Bill Vol. 3, he would like to cast Uma Thurman’s daughter Maya Hawke. He said, “I think it’s just revisiting the characters twenty years later and just imagining the Bride and her daughter, Bebe, having 20 years of peace, and then that peace is shattered…And not the Bride and Bebe are on the run, and just the idea of being able to cast Uma (Thurman) and cast her daughter Maya (Hawke) in the thing would be f*cking exciting.”
● On The Ringer’s Big Picture Podcast, Tarantino revealed that it’s not just a novel that he had planned on adapting Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood into. He revealed that he intends to adapt the film into a play. He stated that the play, much like the novelization, was more of an expansion of the film. In fact, he actually wrote the play after he finished the screenplay for the original film. He was quoted as saying, “I finished the script, then I wrote the play version of the story, and I purposefully made it that I didn’t put scenes that are in the play in the book.” While he didn’t go too much into detail, he also claimed on The Joe Rogan Experience that he’s interested in doing a stage adaptation of his films Reservoir Dogs and The Hateful Eight.
● On WTF With Marc Maron, Tarantino revealed that Jennifer Lawrence was in talks for a role during the early stages of Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood. She was in talks to play the role of Manson Family member Squeaky Fromme, the role that wound of going to Dakota Fanning. She even went to read the script, but as Tarantino said, “She was interested in doing it, but something didn’t work out.”
● Also on WTF With Marc Maron, Tarantino confirmed how long a long cut of the Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood (already 2 hours and 41 minutes) would be. He said, “I think if I were to put it all together, in a way where I would use everything that I wanted and didn’t worry about time, it would probably be about 3 hours and 20 minutes or something”.
● It’s been long discussed that Tarantino’s next film will potentially be his last, and during an appearance on Real Time With Bill Maher, Tarantino stated that he considered, but ultimately passed, his last film would be a remake of his directorial debut, Reservoir Dogs. He said, “I’ve actually considered about doing a remake of Reservoir Dogs as my last movie. I won’t do it, internet, alright, but I considered it.”