'Bill' to hit bookstores next spring, theaters in fall 2003

NEW YORK — Talk Miramax Books has acquired world publishing rights to “Kill Bill,” the first novel from filmmaker Quentin Tarantino.

Tarantino also penned the screenplay “Kill Bill” and will direct the movie for Miramax beginning in mid-June. Pic stars David Carradine, Uma Thurman, Daryl Hannah and Lucy Liu and will be produced by Lawrence Bender, with lensing in L.A., Mexico, Tokyo and Beijing. The movie will be released in fall 2003, while the novel will reach bookstores next spring.

” ‘Kill Bill’ is a novel, a cinematic novel,” Tarantino said. “I’m moving away from screenplay format, keeping what I do like of the form and throwing away what I don’t. I write tons of prose. It’s all about the page; it’s the writer in me. ‘Kill Bill’ is not a novelization. It functions as a script, and it functions as a novel, but it’s not a script and it’s not a novelization. It’s something in the middle that gets across my writing style as its purest.”

Jonathan Burnham, president and editor-in-chief of Talk Miramax Books, added: “Quentin Tarantino is a stunning storyteller with a gift for dialogue that burns up the page as much it does the screen. Dark and brilliantly funny, ‘Kill Bill’ is going to be an extraordinary fictional debut.”

The novel tells the story of a bride who is presumed dead after she is shot at her own wedding reception. She wakes from a coma five years later and embarks on a killing spree, avenging herself by taking out the people responsible for her shooting.

The screenplay for Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” was published by Miramax Books in 1994 and sold more than 150,000 copies, remaining one of the bestselling screenplays to date. Talk Miramax Books also will publish the “Kill Bill” screenplay.

Burnham, Talk Miramax Books general counsel-exec veep Devereux Chatillon and Miramax Films exec veep of business affairs Steven Hutensky negotiated on behalf of Talk Miramax Books. Tarantino was repped by the William Morris Agency.

Talk Miramax Books is the publisher of bestselling novelists Martin Amis, Christopher Rice and Michael Chabon and recent bestsellers “The Snow Garden,” “Stolen Lives” and “Artemis Fowl.”

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