Quentin Tarantino is writing a novel about a Second World War veteran who falls out of love with cinema.
The Pulp Fiction director released his latest movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood earlier this summer, but is already pushing ahead with his next project — his debut novel.
In a conversation with Martin Scorsese published in the Directors Guild of America’s DGA Quarterly magazine, the 56-year-old teased details of the book.
“Right now, I’m working on a book,” he said. “And I’ve got this character who had been in World War Two 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 any more. He finds them juvenile after everything that he’s been through.”
Tarantino went on to reveal that his lead character eventually rediscovers his inner cinephile by watching foreign films.
“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 (director Akira) Kurosawa and (Federico) 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.”
The Kill Bill filmmaker has previously indicated his next movie may be his last as a director, with reports linking him to a new Star Trek film.