Writer-director Quentin Tarantino’s first novel finally hits on June 29th.
Harper Perennial will publish his novelization of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood in paperback, e-book, audiobook, and audio CD. A hardcover edition follows this fall.
The 400-page novel expands the story told in the film. It tracks Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie), and Charles Manson (Damon Herriman) before and after the events of the film.
Tarantino 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.”
Here’s the novel’s synopsis:
In Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino recreates the glamorous and gritty heyday of late ’60s Hollywood in the weeks leading up to one of the most shocking crimes in modern American history. Revisiting and expanding the story told on film, Tarantino’s novel is full of the unusual twists and turns that are a hallmark of his acclaimed storytelling. The story tracks four principal characters both before and after the events of the 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 shouda been there.
Tarantino’s debut novel is the first in a two-book deal. The second, a non-fiction deep dive into 70s movies is coming soon. Pre-order Once Upon a Time in Hollywood in paperback, e-book, audiobook, or audio CD from right over HERE.
Will you be snagging a copy?