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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood book cover

Contributed by Jon Ternent on Jul 15th, 2021. Artwork published in .
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood book cover 1
Harper Perennial. License: All Rights Reserved.

The novelisation of Quentin Tarantino’s 2019 movie, written by the director himself – his first novel. According to Tarantino, the novel is “a complete rethinking of the entire story”, and departs from the film by adding new and re-ordered sequences, more detail and extra backstory to many of the characters.

The cover design is a departure from the original movie branding which had used the iconic Hollywood sign in its title. Here the font use and cream colour evoke a vintage, period design, fitting of the story’s setting of 1969.

The title typeface is (fittingly) Americana Bold which is horizontally scaled to 72% and tightly kerned. Veronese is used for the smaller text.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood book cover 2
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  • Americana
  • Veronese




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4 Comments on “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood book cover”

  1. Alicia Tatone says:
    Aug 20th, 2021 5:06 pm

    This was designed by Joanne O’Neill (, an associate art director at HarperCollins.

  2. Thank you very much, Alicia! I’ve added the credit.

  3. Clayton Barr says:
    Mar 23rd, 2022 6:02 am

    Thanks. I’m actually looking for the font used in the production company titles in the film. Bona Film Group Co, it’s a boldest script and is seen at the start of the film. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  4. Hi Clayton, I think this is the one you had in mind, right?

    It looks like someone took Rage Italic, squeezed the hell out of it, and then traced over it for some reason. Compare to a resetting in unaltered Rage Italic:

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