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?
Reader Feedback - 27 Comments
Would the Kill Bill two films count as one? I figure it counts as one.
xShineyxDiverx on Nov 10, 2014
Well, if Hateful Eight is being considered his 8th 8. The Hateful Eight 7. Django Unchained 6. Inglourious Basterds 5. Death Proof 4. Kill Bill 3. Jackie Brown 2. Pulp Fiction 1. Reservoir Dogs If Hateful Eight is counted as the 8th movie, then KB would have to be counted as one. If you count KB as two, and then also count the section of "Four Rooms" he wrote and directed...then he would already be at 10. Either way, in my opinion it is a damn shame that Kill Bill and Death Proof are on his record...I think he could have been making much better films instead of those.
Chris Groves on Nov 10, 2014
Fuck you, Kill Bill was amazing.
CoolwhipSpecial on Nov 10, 2014
Each to their own, it certainly wasn't short on "Cool", it is just that the whole thing felt like a big favor t Uma Thurman...like it was designed up and down to be a vehicle for her to be the ultimate bad-ass character. So it just doesn't do it for me.
Chris Groves on Nov 10, 2014
Kill Bill was brilliant, so was Death Proof, all his films have been good even his failures. He did mention wanting to make a sci-fi, I think he needs to make that roaring 20's film of his and a sci-fi to finish.
Goodfella on Nov 11, 2014
Really classy response dude
Tester on Nov 11, 2014
I strongly disagree on Kill Bill, and Death Proof I still enjoy and think is actually a personal film for Tarantino in a way, which makes it more than okay to be in his filmography. On the other hand, the more I think about Django Unchained, the more I think it failed to reach the potential Tarantino's other films reached. Nevertheless I'm confident The Hateful Eight will be a successful return to Tarantino's early days. Also, thanks to your list I realized that this is the first Tarantino movie to have a "The" in the title preceding the two other words. PS: Also it doesn't make sense to count "Four Rooms" as more than a short film. Tarantino also directed a scene in 'Sin City', a full episode for CSI, and not to mention wrote the screenplay for "Natural Born Killers" and "True Romance." Let's hope he doesn't include them in his filmography just so he can direct more films.
Terry Craig on Nov 10, 2014
AM I the only one who enjoyed Death Proof?
Brian Sleider on Nov 10, 2014
grimjob on Nov 10, 2014
Masterpiece. Utterly undervalued. Possibly my favorite QT outing (or, at the very least, tied with Jackie Brown, which is also grossly underrated.)
jmesserman on Nov 11, 2014
Undervalued by QT no less. I find it to be an awesomely enjoyable throwback to 70s movies.
Brian Sleider on Nov 11, 2014
I really was on board for the first half, but after the first group of women...it just completely and utterly goes downhill.
Chris Groves on Nov 11, 2014
Brian Sleider on Nov 10, 2014
I would like to him to do the Roaring 20's movie he briefly mentioned in an interview that one time years ago.
grimjob on Nov 10, 2014
He better not.
Franklin Carpio on Nov 10, 2014
No! You can't, Quentin! YOU CAN'T!
Nielsen700 on Nov 11, 2014
Woah that is some news! Please...But I think some one is lying...
DAVIDPD on Nov 11, 2014
I am actually looking forward to Tarantino's "man of letters" years, after his film directing bow. There is no doubt I LOVE all of his films (I don't include the fun romp of his effort in Four Rooms), and I do believe he is going to wow people with amazing insights about film history (all sides: business, politics, directors, actors), world cinema, sub-textual reviews, and written plays. His world still will be about film, but I bet he could surprise with quite relevant characters for the stage, for sure.
dougla1 on Nov 11, 2014
That's a horrible idea, Quentin.
cuckoozey on Nov 11, 2014
Announcing it beforehand gives huge expectations of that last film - hope it delivers.
OfficialJab on Nov 11, 2014
Heh - I'll believe it when I see it. He loves making movies. It ain't work if you love it. Whatevs Q. I fully support whatever you do, and will look forward with much anticipation to all your future movies, however many that may be, cause I'm pretty damn sure at this point that I'll enjoy the hell out of 'em in some form or fashion.
avconsumer2 on Nov 11, 2014
Tarantino made movies to fill a void that Hollywood had created. If he retires early, he will see that void reappear, and he's going to have to fill it eventually.
TheOct8pus on Nov 11, 2014
I'm calling him pulling a Hayao Miyazaki right now. This July article title from Rocket News 24 sums it up: "Hayao Miyazaki spends retirement from anime by…spending every day at his animation studio".
serke on Nov 11, 2014
Whoa...lotta QT fanboys here. Pity....when I read this article I kept thinking...can't you just make it 7, man? Can't you just disappear right now so I don't have to ever hear from you again? Please? But no....after reading the comments I realized that I'm a lone wolf on this one and feel great compassion for the QT lovers that he's going to hang it up after 10. Don't believe it guys! He's just blowing smoke up your butts like he did when he whined about the Hateful 8 script and he was never going to do it and blah blah blah...it's part of his gig. He ain't gonna go any where, so relax...he's just takin ya all for a ride again and you're falling for it! Poor sods.
Bo on Nov 11, 2014
I don't think he's retiring - the guy is too talented. as far as "hateful eight" - mike madsen, kurt Russell, sam Jackson, bruce dern, and tim roth? .....I don't need to know any more....it's a must-see.
dan on Nov 11, 2014
your such fucking genius, i hate you but have the utmost respect, power is always proven to be gained when your being persued! #Control
Liam Knurtsis on Nov 11, 2014
Yeah, I've heard him say this a few years back, but I still can't see him actually retiring. I just can't. More like he'll take a long vacation and then make another come back.
John Doe on Nov 11, 2014
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