For years now Quentin Tarantino has hinted at a transition from the movie screen to the printed word, usually flirting with the idea of publishing some film criticism, having once stated that he would wrap-up shooting for good after his 10th movie.
For years this remained little more than a publicly known possibility voiced by the outspoken director, until last year when Tarantino signed a two-book deal with Harper publishing. The first of which will be a novelisation of his Oscar-winning 2019 release Once Upon A Time in Hollywood.
In a statement last year Tarantino revealed his love for the genre, “In the seventies movie novelisations 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-novelisation aficionado, I’m proud to announce Once Upon a time in Hollywood as my contribution to this often marginalised, yet beloved sub-genre in literature.”
Now eager fans have been treated to a release date with the novel set to hit the shelves from June 29th 2021, with a deluxe hardcover edition to follow this autumn. With a bit of luck, it could just be the novel to usher in that long-awaited post-pandemic vacation, sitting on the beach, sipping Bloody Mary’s and basking in the tales of Rick Dalton.
Tarantino is renowned for his literary-like movie scripts so it is highly unlikely that this release will be just a quick cash-in for the directorial star.