He notably wrote flashbacks recounting the youth of Cliff, played by Brad Pitt in the film.
In 2020, Quentin Tarantino announced that he was no longer a director, but a writer. He has been preparing for several books, including one “novelization” d‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood, which will appear, in English, at the end of the month (precisely on June 29). Invited to podcast Pure Cinema, he explained what would be the big differences between his film, which was a great success in 2019, and this written version. Extracts.
Quentin Tarantino: “I am no longer a director, but a writer”
“I don’t just take my screenplay into literary form, I tell this story in a different way, in novel form. It’s not ‘Oh, okay, he had some cut scenes left so he put them in his book. . ‘ I completely rethought this story, not just to fit in the footage that didn’t make it through the editing room. I did a lot of research to write this novel. It took me five years. lots of things that were never thought to integrate the film, but which allowed me to build my story and to better understand its characters … I try to offer a literary version to these characters. had existed before, the film would have been taken directly from that material. You know when you take an unsuitable novel and try to make a film out of it? For me, that film is it. The book is a good version. richer than the movie. “
Quentin Tarantino has already said that he wanted, with this literary version, flesh out the story of Cliff, the character played by Brad Pitt in his feature film. “In the film, Cliff is a real enigma, details its creator. We wonder what this guy is looking for. One of the strongest things about the book is that there will be entire chapters devoted to its past. Flashbacks, which will go back in time to tell the story of Cliff and how he got there in his life. Then we will resume the course of the story, before reading another chapter on his past. Each of these isolated chapters will be like a short, weird new pulp around Cliff. “
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