Quentin Tarantino has long maintained that he plans to retire from film-making after his tenth feature. In a recent interview with GQ Australia, however, the director indicated that he might be ready to call time on his career a little sooner than that.

His ninth movie Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is out next month, and is getting pretty good advance reviews. When asked if he’d consider quitting while he’s ahead, he said:

“[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.”

He said that even if he bows out of film-making, he won’t abandon his creative pursuits, adding:

“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.”

Quentin Tarantino has been talking about his retirement plan for a few years now, telling an audience at a 2016 talk that he wants to: “Drop the mic. Boom. Tell everybody, ‘Match that shit’.”

Once Upon A Time is being billed as his ninth film, although if you could Kill Bill parts one and two as separate movies, it could be his tenth, so we’ll just have to wait and see how this plays out.

Image: Getty Images / Dominique Charriau