Well this kind of sucks. If you’re anything like us and you basically put a countdown in your calendar until the next Quentin Tarantino film is released, you’re going to want time to slow the heck down.
That’s because Tarantino just confirmed what’s long been rumoured: that he’s going to stop making movies after he directs his tenth film. For those keeping count, that means two more movies until that terrible, terrible day he decides to retire for good.
That means no more iconic films like Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained or Kill Bill (he counts both volumes as one film) No more weird but artsy takes on genres through projects like The Hateful Eight, Inglorious Basterds or Death Proof. No more movies like Jackie Brown or Reservoir Dogs.
Sigh. When you look at it like that, his upcoming retirement doesn’t just kind of suck, it plain old sucks. But that’s the way he wants it.
“Drop the mic. Boom. Tell everybody, ‘Match that shit,'” he said at the Adobe Max creativity conference in San Diego this week. “Hopefully, the way I define success when I finish my career is that I’m considered one of the greatest filmmakers that ever lived. And going further, a great artist, not just filmmaker.”
It’s kind of hard to argue with that — after all there’s a reason “quit while you’re ahead” is a popular saying. And the man certainly will have made enough coin by then to sustain himself for plenty of years to come. We do wonder what creative outlets he’ll find outside of the movie business though.
Until then, the good news is that Tarantino is planning on two more movies, one of which is supposedly a Bonnie and Clyde type tale set in 1930 Australia. Before he gets going on that though, he’s obsessed with a historical non-fiction project set in the 1970s. That won’t necessarily be a film, “It could be a book, a documentary, a five-part podcast,” he revealed during the conference.
Whatever it is, count us in. We always know that when Tarantino is involved, it will be a unique experience at the very least.
It’s just a bloody shame that he’s folding up his director’s chair early.