Quentin Tarantino reportedly has a script with production expected to kick off in the fall on what could be his 10th and final film as a director…
Quentin Tarantino may be preparing to sit in a director’s chair for the final time.
The “Pulp Fiction” and “Once Upon a Time … In Hollywood” filmmaker has written a script and he’s currently targeting a fall start date for production on his 10th feature film, which he has stated numerous times will be his last movie.
The working title for the feature is “The Movie Critic,” although that could just be an early draft or perhaps a title to keep his overall plans secret after he’s battled against leaks in the past. The film will reportedly take place in the 1970s in Los Angeles with a female lead.
There are rumors that the film could be loosely based on real-life film critic Pauline Kael, who Tarantino has often praised over the years and even used as inspiration for his recent novel “Cinema Speculation” where he discusses many of his favorite movies.
As it stands, Tarantino’s next movie doesn’t have a studio home yet but the prolific writer and director is expected to start shopping the project in the near future. It’s possible Tarantino teams up with Sony Pictures again after he struck a unique deal with the studio for his last film “Once Upon a Time .. In Hollywood” with ownership over the copyright to the movie reverts back to him after 20 years.
It’s safe to say there will be no shortage of studios hoping to partner with Tarantino if this really is going to be his final film.
The same could be said for actors who will undoubtedly start lining up to take part in this movie. Tarantino has also worked with numerous favorites over the years including several Oscar winners from his films such as Brad Pitt and Christoph Waltz as well as past nominees such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta and Uma Thurman.
In other words, Tarantino will likely have his pick of just about anybody in Hollywood that he wants to star in his next project.
As far as the likelihood that this will be his final film, Tarantino has stayed steadfast over the years that he wanted to retire after directing his 10th feature. Tarantino has stated emphatically that he never wanted to overstay his welcome and just continue directing movies because he had nothing better to do.
“I think 10 sounds good,” Tarantino said in 2016. “I want there to be an umbilical cord from my first film to my last film — and I’m not making fun of anybody who feels differently and a lot of directors work for a long time — but I don’t want to be a director that just works for a long time and creatively it’s not going as up as it was before, it’s going down hill a little bit more.
“Also just some directors keep directing because they don’t know what else to do. It’s their life and that’s all they know what to do. I like the idea of doing a body of work — 10 movies, OK that’s it, that’s what I have to say — and let that filmography stand for itself.”
While Tarantino may retire from feature films, he has also worked on a limited series for television that could still be in the works, although it appears he’ll be focusing on his next movie for the time being.
Tarantino also stays plenty busy outside of filmmaking with his “Video Archives” podcast that he runs with longtime friend and collaborator Roger Avary not to mention writing two best selling books including the novel adaptation of “Once Upon a Time … In Hollywood.”