Quentin Tarantino Planning to Retire After Making His Tenth Film
Writer and director Quentin Tarantino is gearing up to direct his eighth film, and it's appropriate that the film just happens to be his western The Hateful Eight. The cast for the film was just confirmed last week with new additions Jennifer Jason Leigh and Channing Tatum joining cast members like Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Dern and more. Production begins in January 2015, and it sounds like we better soak up this film, because it might be one of three final films that Tarantino intends to make before he retires. That's right, in a Q&A at the American Film Market, Tarantino revealed his plan to retire. Read on!
The revelation came when Jennifer Jason Leigh made a comment about being brought into Tarantino's circle as he nears retirement. Immediately, Kurt Russell and Samuel L. Jackson, who were both at the Q&A respectively said, “You don’t actually believe that shit, do you?” and "What’s Quentin going to do with himself if he’s not doing this?” That's a pretty fair question, but Tarantino seems serious about his intentions to retire. The filmmaker said (via Deadline):
“I don’t believe you should stay on stage until people are begging you to get off. I like the idea of leaving them wanting a bit more. I do think directing is a young man’s game and I like the idea of an umbilical cord connection from my first to my last movie. I’m not trying to ridicule anyone who thinks differently, but I want to go out while I’m still hard… I like that I will leave a ten-film filmography, and so I’ve got two more to go after this. It’s not etched in stone, but that is the plan. If I get to the tenth, do a good job and don’t screw it up, well that sounds like a good way to end the old career. If, later on, I come across a good movie, I won’t not do it just because I said I wouldn’t. But ten and done, leaving them wanting more, that sounds right.”
Directors like Steven Soderbergh and Kevin Smith have touted retirement before, but both have been sucked back in by various projects, the latter showing no signs of actually retiring anytime soon while the former certainly doesn't seem to be eager to line anything up after he acts as director of photography on Magic Mike XXL. The good news is that we at least have three more movies before Tarantino decides to step away from directing. He even said that he would spend the time he won't be making movies "writing plays and books, going gracefully into my tender years.” That just doesn't sound like Tarantino to me, but perhaps he's reaching the point where he's told all the stories he wants to tell. Thoughts?