Quentin Tarantino may be best known for writing and directing hit films such as Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill and, most recently, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, but it seems now he’s ditched his camera for a pen, at least for now. In a recent interview, Tarantino revealed that he’s currently working on a novel about a WWII veteran who discovers a love of foreign cinema.
Tarantino has stated in the past that making movies isn’t something he intends to do forever, and has said he’ll stop after his tenth (he’s just released his ninth). He’s hinted he might take up screenwriting and it seems he’s also interested in writing novels. In a recent interview between himself and Martin Scorsese, Tarantino revealed he’s currently writing a novel which follows a WWII veteran who, having grown tired of the trash being put out by Hollywood, discover the world of foreign films and falls in love with it.
“Right now, I’m working on a book,” said Tarantino. “And 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. As far as he’s concerned, Hollywood movies are movies. And so then, all of a sudden, he starts hearing about these foreign movies by Kurosawa and Fellini…And so he’s like, ‘Well, maybe they might have something more than this phony Hollywood stuff.’ So he finds himself drawn to these things and some of them he likes and some of them he doesn’t like and some of them he doesn’t understand, but he knows he’s seeing something.”
As SlashFilm reports, the auteur went on to say that, to research the book, he’s been “rewatching and, in some cases, watching for the first time movies I’ve heard about forever, but from my character’s perspective. So I’m enjoying watching them but I’m also [thinking], ‘How is he taking it? How is he looking at it?'”
Before you get too excited about reading a novel by Quentin Tarantino, keep in mind that many of his projects have been shelved in the past. As an artist who always seems to be working on one project or another, not all his creations see the light of day. Still, there are no doubt many movie buffs out there who would love to read something by Tarantino and we’d certainly be interested in seeing what the director can do when he turns his hand to pen and ink. Who knows, maybe we’ll even see a film adaptation of it, but who should direct?