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Quentin Tarantino Publishing His Own Novelization of “Once Upon a Time” and Another About Movies in General

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I guess I could call this a scoop. Everyone else is. This is a reprint of the press release from Harper Collins. If you saw it first, it was a scoop. Since QT is only making one more movie (allegedly) maybe he can go back and do this for all of them. 

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Quentin Tarantino has signed a two book deal with Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Tarantino’s first work of fiction, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” will be published in Summer 2021. The novel is based on his Oscar-winning film, which received ten Academy Award nominations. In the tradition of the classic movie novelizations that have long inspired Tarantino, the book will appear initially as a Harper Perennial mass market paperback, alongside ebook and digital audio editions. A deluxe hardcover edition will follow in Fall 2021.

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” will amplify Tarantino’s original award-winning vision, while also offering a fresh, playful and shocking departure from the film. The novel will chart the lives of Tarantino’s protagonists – TV actor Rick Dalton and his stunt double Cliff Booth – both forward and backward in time.

“In the seventies movie novelizations were the first adult books I grew up reading,” says Tarantino. “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.”

Vice President and Executive Editor Noah Eaker, who acquired North American rights from the William Morris Endeavor Agency, says, “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.”

Tarantino’s second work with Harper will be a book of nonfiction, “Cinema Speculation.” He has often cited film critic Pauline Kael as a literary hero and over the years has teased a career pivot toward film-writing. The long-awaited result is a deep dive into the movies of the 1970’s. The book will be 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.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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