Quentin Tarantino’s 10th And Final Film Marks His Retirement
The well-known director wants to leave while he’s ahead.
By Omotayo Olutekunbi
After finishing his tenth and last film, screenwriter-director Quentin Tarantino is prepared to retire from the business.
On CNN’s “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace,” he recently made his decision to leave the industry.
“I’ve been doing it for 30 years, and it’s time to wrap up the show. You know, it’s…I’ve done it, I’ve given my whole life to it. And you know, I didn’t start a family until late in life,” Tarantino said. “I don’t want to become this old man who’s out of touch… already I’m feeling a bit like an old man out of touch when it comes to the current movies that are out right now. And that’s what happens. That’s exactly what happens.”
Regarding the time, the Academy Award-winning director cited his desire to depart while he is still successful and his followers are still interested in his work.
In his words, “I’ve always kind of equated if you’re doing movies on, you know, on the level that I’ve been doing. Actually the level I’ve been allowed to do. It’s, I equate it to mountain climbing, and so this movie is my Mount Everest, and this movie is Kilimanjaro, and this movie is Fuji. And I’ve spent all that time on the mountain and I’m an entertainer. I want to leave you wanting more.”
While Tarantino intends to end with his upcoming endeavor, he is unsure about its subject matter or expected release date.
“I’m also not in a giant hurry to make my last movie either,” he told Wallace. “So I’ve got my book, I’m doing a few other things and then I’ll figure out what the next movie will be.”
The renowned director also discussed the situation of the film industry today, which is being upended by streaming services and putting theaters in crisis as more people choose to see their movies at home.
“Right now, I don’t even know what a movie is. Is that something that plays on Netflix? Is that something that plays on Amazon and everyone want and people watch it on their couch with their wife or their husband? Is that a movie? Because my last movie opened up in 3000 theaters and played all over the world for a couple of months,” he said. “Now the thing is, I don’t have the answer to that question, but I don’t think anybody else does either. I think it remains to be seen situation and so by that time I’ll know what movies even are a few years from now.”
Tarantino has already discussed his plans to stop acting. ‘Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood’ in 2019, he said, “I kind of like the idea of making 10 motion pictures and then, boom, that’s it, that’s done. The filmography is locked and there you go.”
Indicating that he will keep writing after retirement, he continued, “I don’t aim to disappear totally.”
“I’m not saying that I’ll just disappear like J.D. Salinger (the reclusive author of ‘Catcher in the Rye’),” he said.
Since his debut in the film business with “Reservoir Dogs” in 1992, Tarantino has written and directed a total of nine movies, if you include “Kill Bill Vol. One and Two” as one production.
Since the 2007 action/thriller “Death Proof,” he has won two Oscars for screenplay and at least one Academy Award for each of the films he has directed.
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