Quentin Tarantino has signed a new two-book deal, which will see him publish a novel version of his 2019 film Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.
The news has been hinted at for a while by the acclaimed director who has talked extensively about being set to walk away from filmmaking altogether with early retirement and previously revealed his next big project is to finish the current novel he is working on. While he had hinted that his novel would be World War II inspired, Tarantino still has Hollywood in his mind and said he was “thinking a lot” about a potential novelisation of his most recent film Once Upon A Time In Hollywood when he appeared on the recent Pure Cinema podcast back in April.
“I hadn’t thought about that until recently,” he added. “But now I’m thinking a lot about it. I might be writing a novelisation to Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.” He also previously said while speaking as part of a Popcorn with Peter Travers interview: “I kind of feel this is the time for the third act [of my life] to just lean a little bit more into the literary, which would be good as a new father, as a new husband.”
Now it has been confirmed that he has put pen to paper on a new book deal with HarperCollins. Alongside the Once Upon A Time In Hollywood novel, which will come out in 2021, Tarantino will also release a non-fiction book called Cinema Speculation which Deadline describes as “a deep dive into the movies of the 1970s, a rich mix of essays, reviews, personal writing, and tantalising ‘what if’s’, from one of cinema’s most celebrated filmmakers, and its most devoted fan.”
In a statement about the new deal, Tarantino said: “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 my contribution to this often marginalised, yet beloved sub-genre in literature. I’m also thrilled to further explore my characters and their world in a literary endeavour that can (hopefully) sit alongside its cinematic counterpart.”