Want to steep yourself in Tarantino's mind? Read his book.
Quentin Tarantino is the king of metanarratives, so it's not crazy that he's taken his ninth film and turned it into a paperback novelization. An homage to a forgotten era, the novel is now available for pre-order on Amazon for only $7.64.
They also have an audiobook version for $20, but no word yet on who is reading it. I would bet that Tarantino reads it himself, which might make for an even more exciting purchase.
“In the ’70s, movie novelizations were the first adult books I grew up reading,” Tarantino said in a statement. “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.”
It's listed at 400 pages long and we have no real details on what the story will include. It will be interesting to dig deeper into the minds of these characters and see if there are any other fun, inside Hollywood stories that work their way into the text.
According to Variety, "The book will not be a straight re-telling of the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood story with TV actor Rick Dalton and his stunt double Cliff Booth."
Publisher HarperCollins said in a press release that the book will provide a "fresh, playful, and shocking departure from the film."
We'll get a look at these characters at several different periods not seen in the film.
Here's what's listed under the book description on Amazon.
Quentin Tarantino’s long-awaited first work of fiction—at once hilarious, delicious, and brutal—is the always surprising, sometimes shocking new novel based on his Academy Award-winning film.
RICK DALTON—Once he had his own TV series, but now Rick’s a washed-up villain-of-the-week drowning his sorrows in whiskey sours. Will a phone call from Rome save his fate or seal it?
CLIFF BOOTH—Rick’s stunt double, and the most infamous man on any movie set because he’s the only one there who might have gotten away with murder...
SHARON TATE—She left Texas to chase a movie-star dream, and found it. Sharon’s salad days are now spent on Cielo Drive, high in the Hollywood Hills.
CHARLES MANSON—The ex-con’s got a bunch of zonked-out hippies thinking he’s their spiritual leader, but he’d trade it all to be a rock ‘n’ roll star.
HOLLYWOOD 1969—YOU SHOULDA BEEN THERE
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