Apparently being one of Hollywood’s most critically acclaimed filmmakers isn’t exactly a True Romance after all. At least, not when it comes to everlasting love. Or Quentin Tarantino. The cinematic legend wants to ensure that he goes out pretty much as a legend, and to him that means retiring from directing in the near future. After 10 movies, to be exact.
Except it’s not exactly exact: the guy already has more than 10 film directing credits under his belt, including one on the upcoming film, The Hateful Eight.
Tarantino made the proclamation during a recent American Film Market panel, in which The Hateful Eight was being presented to international buyers (with a cast that includes Channing Tatum, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Demian Bechir and Walton Goggins, we’re sure there will be plenty).
“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,” Tarantino said. “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.”
Everyone take note: Tarantino only considers eight of the following titles part of his filmography:
My Best Friend’s Birthday
Kill Bill Volume I
Kill Bill Volume II
Aside from confusing everyone and kind of throwing older directors under the bus, Tarantino admitted that he could change his mind down the road. Sort of like he did when The Hateful Eight‘s script was leaked, and he swore he’d never actually make it.
“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,” he added. “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.”
As for us, we’ll believe it when we see it.