We really need to get used to the idea that Quentin Tarantino will no longer be directing movies in the not-too-distant future. The filmmaker has stated previously that he plans to retire after he's made ten movies. Now, he's doubled down on those comments and even suggests that he may hang it up following the release of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, his ninth movie.
The Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill director has been making the rounds to promote his latest, which reunites him with both Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, with Margot Robbie also on board. During a recent interview, Quentin Tarantino was asked about his plans to retire. Here's what he had to say.
"I think when it comes to theatrical movies, I've come to the end of the road. I see myself writing books and starting to write theatre, so I'll still be creative. I just think I've given all I have to give to movies."
When pressed on the issue, things got even more bleak for those who want to see the 56-year-old continue on. Assuming Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is received really well, Quentin Tarantino says he may just call it quits and not even make a tenth movie. Here's what he had to add.
"Well, um, if it's really well received, maybe I won't go to 10. Maybe I'll stop right now! Maybe I'll stop while I'm ahead. We'll see."
Brad Pitt, who previously worked with Tarantino on Inglourious Basterds, doesn't think he's bluffing either. Despite the fact that Pitt would miss Tarantino's voice in moviemaking, the actor feels he's going to be good to his word on this one. Here's what Pitt had to say about it.
"No, I don't think he's bluffing at all. I think he's dead serious. And I kind of openly lament that to him, but he understands the math of when he feels like directors start falling off their game. But he has other plans and we're not going to have to say goodbye for a long time."
This is interesting for a few reasons. On the surface, Hollywood would be losing a creative mind that regularly delivers at the box office, in addition to making movies that earn a great deal of critical praise. That's becoming increasingly rare. But there's a bit more to it, given some recent developments.
For one, Tarantino is working on what would be an R-rated Star Trek movie, which he's said he may direct if things work out. Mark L. Smith (The Revenant) is penning the screenplay. We also recently learned that he's working on adapting his Django/Zorro comic for the big screen, and it's hard to imagine he would let someone else direct that. Even if he does make a tenth movie, that would leave him out of the director's chair for one of these projects. We'll have to see how this all unfolds after Once Upon a Time in Hollywood hits theaters on July 26. This news was first reported by GQ.