Quentin Tarantino has reiterated his intention to retire from directing after his tenth feature film.
Tarantino spoke to Deadline about his plans for retirement:
He said: “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.”
The Jackie Brown director is famed for being a movie aficionado, and is obviously aware of his place in the pantheon of great American filmmakers. Indeed, with the likes of Francis Ford Coppola and Peter Bogdanovich tarnishing their careers after unbelievable success, it’s no real surprise that Tarantino wants to get out while his reputation remains intact.
Luckily, the helmer did confirm that his plans are “not etched in stone,” and that he could come out of his self-enforced exile if the right project came up.
He said: “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.”
The Hateful Eight will begin filming in the new year and will have a typically stellar cast, including Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Stay tuned for more Tarantino news, including The Hateful Eight developments.