Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Imaginary Rick Dalton Films’ Book is Complete; Wants to Novelize ‘True Romance’

If Quentin Tarantino does one thing well is announce a plethora of never-seen projects that immediately get everyone excited as soon as he talks about them. On an Empire podcast with filmmaker Edgar Wright, the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood director announced two projects that are sure to excite fans of OUATIH, or Tony Scott‘s True Romance, which Tarantino wrote.

First, Tarantino revealed that he completed a book titled The Man Who Would Be McQueen: The Films of Rick Dalton, which he describes as the following: “You know those books you could get in the ‘70s, the Films Of Charles Bronson, Anthony Quinn, that format they came in? Well, this is that.” The book begins with a quick biography of Dalton’s life, before going through his entire imaginary career, mapping out every single film and television show he starred in, featuring fake reviews of each project until Dalton’s “retirement” in 1988.

The book would be written by a fictitious Tarantino that exists in the OUATIH universe, where “In this pretext, Rick retires and moves to Hawaii. And in 1998, I go to the Hawaii International Film Festival, and Roger Ebert’s there. This spurs me to write an appreciation of his career called, ‘The Man Who Would Be McQueen: The Films of Rick Dalton.’ It’s all written. It exists.” Sounds ambitious, but if anyone can make it work, it’s definitely Tarantino.

The writer/director also expressed interest in novelizing True Romance, after doing the same thing with OUATIH, and considers finishing a Reservoir Dogs novelization he started a few years ago. That’s the problem with Tarantino, he announces so many things it’s hard to keep track on what exactly he’s working, but these announcements, especially an imaginary Rick Dalton book where all of his fake movies/TV shows are mapped out, are pretty cool and could give us a glimpse on what the filmmaker will work on for the next year before his potential last film…

Source: The Playlist


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Written by Maxance Vincent

Maxance Vincent is a freelance film and TV critic, and a recent graduate of a BFA in Film Studies at the Université de Montréal. He is currently finishing a specialization in Video Game Studies, focusing on the psychological effects regarding the critical discourse on violent video games.

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