The second book will not be a fictional work, despite Tarantino revealing he was working on a story about a World War II veteran last year (2019), but will instead be a collection of essays, reviews, and personal writings, titled Cinema Speculation.
In a statement, the Pulp Fiction director says: “In the seventies movie novelizations 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-novelization aficionado, I’m proud to announce Once Upon A Time In Hollywood 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.”
The Once Upon A Time In Hollywood novel will chart the lives of Tarantino’s two protagonists – TV actor Rick Dalton, played by DiCaprio in the movie, and his stunt double Cliff Booth, portrayed by Pitt, in their lives before and during the events of the film.
Tarantino’s Tinseltown epic showed Dalton struggling with the decline of his career, while Booth has a brush with the Manson Family as they plot the brutal crimes that would sicken America in 1969.