The nonfiction book is said to combine “film criticism, film theory, a reporting feat, and a wonderful personal story.”
Quentin Tarantino has yet to announce any plans to shoot his latest movie, but moviegoers can look forward to new work from the “Pulp Fiction” director this fall. Tarantino is writing a new book on film history titled “Cinema Speculation,” and its publisher HarperCollins has announced that it will be ready for release on October 25.
The official synopsis of the HarperCollins book reads: “iAs well as being among the most celebrated contemporary filmmakers, Quentin Tarantino is arguably the most gleefully contagious cinephile alive. For years, he has touted in interviews his eventual turn to write books about movies. Now, with ‘Cinema Speculation,’ the time has come, and the results are everything his passionate fans, and all movie lovers, could have hoped for. Organized around key American films of the 1970s, all of which he first saw as a young movie buff at the time, this book is as intellectually rigorous and insightful as it is funny and entertaining. At once film criticism, film theory, a feat of reporting and a wonderful personal story, it is all written in a singular voice immediately recognizable as QT and with the rare perspective on cinema possible only from one of the greatest practitioners of the form. of art. ”
Tarantino’s interest in writing books is nothing new. He has always insisted that he will retire from movies after making 10 films (he currently has nine), and that he sees writing books as a way to stay creative when he is no longer behind the camera. He recently adapted his movie “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” into a novel, which IndieWire gave an enthusiastic B+ in our review.
Previously, Tarantino had written that he had planned a separate novel about a World War II veteran who returns home and finds refuge in international cinema after becoming unresponsive to Hollywood, given everything he’s been through. “I have this character who was in World War II and saw a lot of bloodshed there,” Tarantino said of his upcoming novel. “And now he’s back home, and it’s like the ’50s, and he doesn’t respond to movies anymore. He finds them juveniles after all he’s been through. As far as he’s concerned, Hollywood movies are movies. And then all of a sudden he starts hearing about these foreign films from Kurosawa and Fellini.”
But fans discovered that that book was, in fact, the novel Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, where that veteran character who returns and finds a home in the art house is none other than Cliff Booth, played by Brad Pitt in the movie. The role earned Pitt an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
“Cinema Speculation” will hit bookstore shelves on October 25, 2022.