Fight Club is an amazing example of how a film made reading cool again for generations of fans. What other movie has done this in the last thirty years, except for maybe Harry Potter? Ehem. Nevermind.
Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood recently found a new, expanded life as a novelization. The 2019 Tarantino flick about Hollywood in ’69 is polarizing. But whether you loved or loathed the director’s choice to re-write history, one thing is certain–this film got a lot of people talking. So why aren’t they talking more about the novelization of the film?
Novelizations are screenplay-to-novel adaptations. Nowadays, they are usually rare artifacts reserved for the nerdiest in franchise fandom. When you just can’t enough of your favorite film you can dive back into that world via the novelization, which exists in order to produce another revenue stream for the studios. Milk that IP, baby. But hey, there are actually some surprisingly good novelizations of both classic and modern films.
James Ellroy is bringing American Tabloid to the podcast platform Audio Up in a 12-part series. This may surprise some, but the author of noir crime classics The Black Dahlia and L.A. Confidential is becoming familiar with adapting his own work to the podcast format. Earlier this year, Ellroy began working on a podcast called Hollywood Death Trip, also for Audio Up. Now he’s bringing American Tabloid to the streamer and it is sure to be a ranging banger–and a long-awaited one, too. Ellroy fans have been teased over the years with attempted film adaptations by David Fincher, Bruce Willis, Tom Hanks, and James Franco.