Quentin Tarantino on the novel “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
Quentin Tarantino has often said that after completing his tenth film he would venture into the world of literature and film criticism. Well, with the release of a novelization of Once upon a time in hollywood scheduled to arrive on June 29, it looks like he’s given himself a head start.
Tarantino appeared on the Pure cinema podcast to discuss the novel and was keen to say that it would just be a direct retelling of the film, as he called it “a complete rethink.”
“I think if you’re a fan of the movie you’ll have fun reading the book and exploring the characters more and more deeply,” he says, “and learn secrets you didn’t know, and (this ) were not in the movie.
The writer’s director has said many times in the past that he always wrote his scripts in a romantic style with chunks of detail that never intended to make it to the screen, so it would appear he had a lot of material to twist in his reimagining.
As he himself added: “It’s not just me who takes the script and then breaks it down into a romantic form. I told the story like a novel. So it’s not like, ‘Oh, okay, well, he obviously had a few scenes left, so he just took the script and romanticized it and added a few more scenes.’ It was a complete overhaul of the whole story and not just an overhaul until it added some scenes that were left out of the editing room. I have done so much research.
According to Tarantino, this is something he’s actually been working on for the past five years. “There was so much that I wrote and explored that I never even typed,” he adds, “because there was no way it would make the movie. . ”
While the film only briefly hinted at the dark past of Brad Pitt’s character Cliff Booth, the novel should tackle the ambiguity head-on. “There are these isolated chapters that tell you, for example, that this whole chapter will be about Cliff’s past. And every single chapter that pretty much concerns Cliff’s past is like a weird little pulp novel in itself starring Cliff. “
If that got your whistle wet, be sure to check out our pre-release review in the coming weeks to see if it ties in with what the star director has managed to achieve in theaters.