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Quentin Tarantino told Martin Scorsese he’s writing a book about a WWII veteran

And Scorsese talks The Irishman’s much-discussed runtime

Both men look directly down into the camera, with Pitt wielding a knife.
Quentin Tarantino’s last foray into war history.
Universal Pictures

In a conversation hosted by the Directors Guild of America, cinema legends Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino went long on their respective latest films, The Irishman and Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood, as well as their past work and favorite films.

Topics ranged from Joe Pesci — whom Robert De Niro saw on TV in The Death Collector and then called Scorsese about casting him in Raging Bull — to screenwriter Paul Schrader feeling there wasn’t enough blood in Taxi Driver, to the way making The Irishman for Netflix made Scorsese wonder if he might have even been able to get away with making it a full four hours.

One of the more exciting details to come out of the conversation, however, is that Tarantino is working on a book. He’s hinted at pivoting to writing once he finishes 10 films, and it seems like he’s making good on the promise.

The novel he’s working on now is set in the aftermath of World War II, focusing on a veteran who can’t connect to Hollywood films anymore. “He finds them juvenile after everything that he’s been through,” Tarantino said, explaining how the character becomes drawn to foreign film, such as the work of Akira Kurosawa and Federico Fellini. “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.”

Find the full talk between titans at the Directors Guild of America website.