Quentin Tarantino considering writing a Once Upon a Time in Hollywood novel

Quentin Tarantino might adapt his hit 2019 movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood into a novel.The film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie, was a critical and commercial success when it debuted in cinemas last year, and could be set…

Quentin Tarantino might adapt his hit 2019 movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood into a novel.

The film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie, was a critical and commercial success when it debuted in cinemas last year, and could be set to hit bookshelves soon as the filmmaker considers expanding the franchise.

During an appearance on the Pure Cinema podcast, the 57-year-old director was asked if he ever thought about writing book versions of his movies.

“I hadn’t thought about that until recently,” Quentin said. “But now I’m thinking a lot about it. I might be writing a novelisation to Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

The film grossed $142 million (£114 million) at the domestic box office and $374 million (£301 million) globally, making it Quentin’s second most successful movie behind Django Unchained.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was nominated for 10 prizes at the 2020 Academy Awards, with Brad Pitt taking home the Best Supporting Actor accolade and Barbara Ling and Nancy Haigh winning Best Production Design.

The director previously expressed an interest in writing a novel about a World War II veteran jaded by Hollywood movies.

“I’ve got this character who had been in World War II and he saw a lot of bloodshed there. And now he’s back home, and it’s like the ’50s, and he doesn’t respond to movies anymore. He finds them juvenile after everything that he’s been through,” he told DGA Quarterly last year.

During the Covid-19 lockdown, the filmmaker has also been writing reviews of classic movies and sharing them on the website of his cinema, the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles.

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Quentin Tarantino writing movie reviews during coronavirus lockdown

Quentin Tarantino has been keeping himself occupied during the coronavirus lockdown by writing movie reviews.A user on the social media site Reddit discovered that the 57-year-old director has been secretly publishing lengthy reviews of classic films o…

Quentin Tarantino has been keeping himself occupied during the coronavirus lockdown by writing movie reviews.

A user on the social media site Reddit discovered that the 57-year-old director has been secretly publishing lengthy reviews of classic films on the website for the New Beverly Cinema, which he owns.

Since the beginning of March, Tarantino has written nine articles, including eight movie reviews and a 3,000-word profile of actor and director Jimmy Wang Yu, a martial arts icon who inspired the likes of Bruce Lee.

The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood filmmaker has penned critiques of films such as 1980 carnival drama Carny, starring Gary Busey and Jodie Foster, John Frankenheimer’s 1979 horror movie Prophecy, Roger Corman’s thriller Targets, and Peter Bogdanovich’s 1974 adaptation of Henry James’ novel Daisy Miller.

Tarantino bought and restored the historic movie theatre on Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles back in 2007 and saved the 1920s picture house from redevelopment.

The cinema exclusively screens 35mm prints of movies, and last year, the director featured his star-studded 1960s epic Once Upon a Time in Hollywood at the movie theatre, alongside props used and worn by the cast, including Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt.

The New Beverly Cinema has been closed since 16 March, when Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti ordered the closure of businesses, including cinemas, as the Covid-19 outbreak hit the city.

When Tarantino bought the venue in 2007, he told The Hollywood Reporter: “As long as I’m alive, and as long as I’m rich, the New Beverly will be there, showing double features in 35mm.”

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Quentin Tarantino kept Once Upon a Time in Hollywood ending locked in a safe

Quentin Tarantino was so keen to keep the ending of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood from prying eyes that he kept it locked in a safe.The movie, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie, rewrites the gruesome murder of Sharon Tate and her …

Quentin Tarantino was so keen to keep the ending of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood from prying eyes that he kept it locked in a safe.

The movie, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie, rewrites the gruesome murder of Sharon Tate and her friends in 1969, with director Tarantino saving Tate and having the Manson Family perpetrators killed instead.

And the Oscar winner’s longtime first assistant director William Paul Clark told Filmmaker Magazine that there was so much secrecy over the ending that the final act of the movie was locked away.

“We kept the third act in a safe in the accounting department. You come, you get the script, you go into the little room, you go read the third act,” Clark explained. “When you’re done, you give the script back, they put it back in the safe and you leave. You take some notes. If you need to refer to something again, you go back.”

He also revealed that the safe was taken with the crew when on location.

“When we got out on location, we just brought a safe and you go to the producer’s trailer if you need to read it. The hardest part was getting over the fear of not having the material at your fingertips all the time. Once people got over that fear, it wasn’t an issue,” Clark added.

And Once Upon a Time in Hollywood isn’t the first movie ending that Tarantino has kept under wraps.

In 2009’s Inglourious Basterds, the director reworked the ending over the Christmas holidays and gave the handwritten script to his cast and crew.

“It was basically an outline with little snippets of dialogue. He wrote this out by hand and handed me a stack of yellow ruled paper,” Clark shared.

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Simon Pegg: ‘Star Trek franchise lost momentum after Anton Yelchin’s death’

Simon Pegg believes the Star Trek movie franchise has stalled because the team has “lost momentum” following the death of Anton Yelchin.The British actor has played Montgomery ‘Scotty’ Scott in the relaunched sci-fi franchise since 2009 and last appear…

Simon Pegg believes the Star Trek movie franchise has stalled because the team has “lost momentum” following the death of Anton Yelchin.

The British actor has played Montgomery ‘Scotty’ Scott in the relaunched sci-fi franchise since 2009 and last appeared as the Enterprise engineer in Star Trek Beyond, which was released weeks after the death of Yelchin, who played Pavel Chekov, in 2016.

A fourth instalment has been hit by numerous delays, with Noah Hawley and Quentin Tarantino being rumoured to direct the next outing, but a film has yet to be given a green light by executives at movie studio Paramount.

When asked about the delays with the franchise, Pegg, who also co-wrote Star Trek Beyond, explained to GamesRadar+ and Total Film that the shock death of 27-year-old Yelchin has dampened the enthusiasm for more films.

“We’ve lost momentum. I think losing Anton was a huge blow to our little family, and our enthusiasm to do another one might have been affected by that. So I don’t know,” he said.

He also blamed the studio for not promoting Star Trek Beyond well enough to coincide with the franchise’s 50th anniversary, with him adding, “They didn’t really take advantage of the 50th anniversary. The regimen at the time dropped the ball on the promo of the film.”

The 50-year-old also explained that the Star Trek films don’t make as much money at the box office as Marvel movies do and so Paramount executives aren’t likely to make a profit from them.

“The fact is, Star Trek movies don’t make Marvel money. They make maybe $500 million at the most, and to make one now, on the scale they’ve set themselves, is $200 million. You have to make three times that to make a profit,” he explained.

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Leonardo DiCaprio surprises Jamie Foxx at American Black Film Festival Honors

Leonardo DiCaprio surprised Jamie Foxx by presenting him with the top award at the 2020 American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Honors.The 45-year-old was on hand to pay a touching tribute to his Django Unchained co-star at the fourth annual ceremony on Su…

Leonardo DiCaprio surprised Jamie Foxx by presenting him with the top award at the 2020 American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Honors.

The 45-year-old was on hand to pay a touching tribute to his Django Unchained co-star at the fourth annual ceremony on Sunday, as Foxx received the Excellence in the Arts award.

DiCaprio reflected on their time spent filming Quentin Tarantino’s 2013 epic Western and told the star-studded audience that the Oscar-winning actor was a force to be reckoned with.

“Jamie brings out the very best in other people,” the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star shared. “He lifts up everyone around. You can see any social setting he’s in. He’s like a magnetic force in any room that he inhabits, and there is no one in this industry who pays positivity and encouragement forward the way Jamie Foxx does.”

As Foxx made his way to the stage to collect the honour from his fellow Academy Award winner, the 52-year-old gave an impromptu performance of his 2008 hit single, Blame It.

And in his acceptance speech, the Ray star praised DiCaprio’s work ethic, as well as his knowledge of hip-hop.

“I love you, man. You are my friend. You are my colleague, and this means the world,” Foxx gushed.

Other honourees included Lena Waithe, Cynthia Erivo, and Louis Gossett Jr., who received Hollywood Legacy Award.

Just Mercy was named Movie of the Year at the ceremony, while The Wire received the Classic Television Award.

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Macaulay Culkin auditioned for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Macaulay Culkin has revealed he unsuccessfully auditioned for a role in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.The former child star, who hasn’t been in a mainstream studio movie since the satirical comedy Saved! in 2004, has revealed he cou…

Macaulay Culkin has revealed he unsuccessfully auditioned for a role in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The former child star, who hasn’t been in a mainstream studio movie since the satirical comedy Saved! in 2004, has revealed he could have ended up starring alongside the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie in the 1960s ensemble drama if he hadn’t blown the audition.

“It was a disaster,” Culkin told U.S. Esquire magazine. “I wouldn’t have hired me. I’m terrible at auditioning anyway, and this was my first audition in like eight years.”

While he didn’t discuss what role he had auditioned for, reporters at Entertainment Weekly have suggested that it was for the role of an actor on the TV series Lancer, which features in the movie.

Since 2004, Culkin has appeared in independent movies and made cameos in TV shows such as Hulu comedy Dollface, alongside girlfriend Brenda Song. Last year, he starred as a boat operator in Seth Green’s directorial debut Changeland.

And while the 39-year-old hasn’t ruled out a return to Hollywood, he’s quite happy staying at home.

“It’s just – I enjoy acting. I enjoy being on set,” the Home Alone star told Esquire. “I don’t enjoy a lot of the other things that come around it… What’s a good analogy. The Shawshank Redemption. The way he gets out of prison is to crawl through a tube of s**t, you know? It feels like to get to that kind of freedom, I’d have to crawl through a tube of s**t. And you know what? I’ve built a really nice prison for myself,” he joked.

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Rebel Wilson jokes about failure of Cats during 2020 BAFTAs

Rebel Wilson poked fun at the failure of her movie Cats as she presented an award at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) on Sunday. The Pitch Perfect actress played Jennyanydots alongside the likes of Idris Elba, Judi Dench, and Jennifer Huds…

Rebel Wilson poked fun at the failure of her movie Cats as she presented an award at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) on Sunday.

The Pitch Perfect actress played Jennyanydots alongside the likes of Idris Elba, Judi Dench, and Jennifer Hudson in Tom Hooper’s movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, which was savaged by critics and flopped at the box office following its release in December.

And as Wilson took to the stage at London’s Royal Albert Hall to present the award for Best Director while wearing a Prabal Gurung wrap dress that was half black and half glittery red, she made a joke at the film’s expense.

“Tonight is all about sustainability, so I made this dress from sewing my two old dresses together. The red is from that one time I didn’t win Miss Australia, and the black is from a funeral I just went to for the feature film Cats,” she said to laughter from the star-studded audience. “Cats. Strangely not nominated for any awards. I’m not sure if everyone here is across the controversy but this year there has been a distinct lack of nominations for felines. Yep, even in this Best Director ‘cat’-egory, no felines have been nominated. It’s really shocking.”

In her hilarious speech, one of the standout moments of the evening, Wilson reeled off the names of the Best Director nominees – Sam Mendes, Martin Scorsese, Todd Phillips, Quentin Tarantino, and Bong Joon Ho – and joked about the fact that they are all men.

“I look at the exceptional, daring talent nominated in this category and I don’t think I could do what they do,” the Australian star quipped. “Honestly, I just don’t have the balls.”

Mendes received the prize for 1917, which dominated the evening with seven wins, including Best Film and Outstanding British Film.

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Sam Mendes scores top prize at Directors Guild of America Awards

Sam Mendes cemented his status as Oscars frontrunner by taking home the top prize at the 2020 Directors Guild of America (DGA) Awards on Saturday for his war epic 1917.The filmmaker’s latest movie beat Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite, Quentin Tarantino’s Once …

Sam Mendes cemented his status as Oscars frontrunner by taking home the top prize at the 2020 Directors Guild of America (DGA) Awards on Saturday for his war epic 1917.

The filmmaker’s latest movie beat Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite, Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit, and Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman to win the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film award.

His victory comes hot off his success at the Producers Guild Awards (PGA) last weekend, meaning he has now secured his status as the one to beat for the Best Director prize at the Academy Awards on 9 February. The last six winners of the main DGA prize have gone on to win the Oscar.

Accepting the DGA honour, Mendes thanked his late grandfather, whose wartime stories inspired the film, and dedicated his win to his young daughter Phoebe.

“My grandfather inspired this film, and he made me when I was 12 sign a contract promising I would write a novel by the age of 18,” he said. “Obviously, I’m not a freak, so I didn’t do that, but I did do this.”

According to Deadline, Mendes told reporters backstage the win meant a lot to him.

“It’s voted for by people who know exactly what I do and that makes a huge difference. For me the whole event was moving,” the 54-year-old commented.

Other DGA winners included Alma Har’el, who won the Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director award for Honey Boy, and Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, who were also honoured for their Netflix documentary movie, American Factory.

In the TV categories, Bill Hader took home the Comedy Series prize for Barry, Johan Renck was recognised for Chernobyl in the TV Movie/Limited Series category, and Nicole Kassell won for her episode of Watchmen in Dramatic Series.

Mendes previously won the DGA honour in 1999 for American Beauty.

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Leonardo DiCaprio was ‘incredibly starstruck’ by Once Upon a Time in Hollywood co-star Luke Perry

Leonardo DiCaprio was “incredibly starstruck” by the late Luke Perry while working with him on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.The Riverdale actor tragically passed away at the age of 52 in March last year following a massive stroke, and his final acting…

Leonardo DiCaprio was “incredibly starstruck” by the late Luke Perry while working with him on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The Riverdale actor tragically passed away at the age of 52 in March last year following a massive stroke, and his final acting performance was as real-life TV star Wayne Maunder in Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar-nominated drama, which follows DiCaprio as failed actor Rick Dalton.

In one scene, Maunder appears alongside Dalton as the duo film the pilot of real-life TV series Lancer, and DiCaprio confessed he was starstruck working with the former Beverly Hills, 90210 star.

“He was so incredibly kind,” he told Variety on the red carpet at the 2020 Screen Guild Awards (SAG) Awards. “I was incredibly starstruck when he walked into the room. He was so iconic (when I was) in school and junior high, he was the modern-day James Dean to all of us.”

DiCaprio was in awe when he first spotted Perry on set and had to compose himself.

“I was like, ‘Oh my God, I’m getting to work with this guy who all of my friends thought was the coolest dude in the world’,” he laughed. “But, beyond that, he was such a wonderfully kind and soulful man, and it’s a tragic loss.”

The 45-year-old was nominated in the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture category at the SAGs on Sunday, but was beaten by Joaquin Phoenix for Joker.

During his speech, Phoenix joked that he had lost out on roles to DiCaprio when they were both child actors, but the Titanic star confessed to Variety that he once imitated one of Phoenix’s performances to help him secure a role on a TV show when he was younger.

“I remember one job that I did get, where I imitated Mr. Joaquin Phoenix from Parenthood the movie, and I did the TV show,” DiCaprio laughed.

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Quentin Tarantino to focus on family after stepping away from directing

Quentin Tarantino’s decision to walk away from directing after one more film is centred around his upcoming role as a dad.The father-to-be has often talked of retiring from moviemaking after making 10 films, and as Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is his …

Quentin Tarantino’s decision to walk away from directing after one more film is centred around his upcoming role as a dad.

The father-to-be has often talked of retiring from moviemaking after making 10 films, and as Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is his ninth, he recently admitted this part of his career is winding down.

Confirming his decision on ABC News website Popcorn, Tarantino confessed his changing family dynamic made it easy to consider a new direction.

“I kind of feel this is the time for the third act (of my life) to just lean a little bit more into the literary, which would be good as a new father, as a new husband,” he said, revealing he plans to write more. “I wouldn’t be grabbing my family and yanking them to Germany or Sri Lanka or wherever the next story takes place. I can be a little bit more of a homebody and become a little bit more of a man of letters.”

The director’s wife, singer Daniella Pick, is pregnant with the couple’s first child. They announced the news back in August.

Tarantino also feels it is time to step aside and let younger filmmakers shine.

“I guess I do feel that directing is a young man’s game,” the 56-year-old added. “I do feel that cinema is changing and I’m a little bit part of the old guard.”

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