It’s been an eventful couple of months for Quentin Tarantino – the director angrily cancelled his upcoming movie The Hateful Eight after the script leaked, then went back on that, and decided he’d make it after all because why the hell not?
Overnight, in an interview with Deadline, the cinematic foot fetishist-slash-purveyor of entertaining cuss words and severed ears made another potentially big announcement: he has retirement on his mind.
He told the publication:
“I don’t believe you should stay onstage 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 10-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 10th, 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 10 and done, leaving them wanting more – that sounds right.”
If you count Kill Bill as one movie, then Tarantino does indeed have two more to go until he hits 10.
He’ll be sadly missed, and we imagine he’ll probably fill his days producing or reciting furious monologues into the mirror. If indeed he is bowing out, we can only hope it’s in a violent, blood-spattered blaze of glory.
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