Quentin Tarantino has stated that he will stop making films after his 10th feature but it’s possible ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ could be his last…
Quentin Tarantino has been one of the most popular and most prolific writers and directors of the past 30 years but he has long stated that he planned to retire from directing with his 10th feature film.
Tarantino’s next opus — ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ — opens on July 26 and that will be his ninth film but it’s entirely possible that it could be his last.
“Well, um if it’s really well received, maybe I won’t go to 10,” Tarantino told GQ ahead of the movie’s release. “Maybe I’ll stop right now! Maybe I’ll stop while I’m ahead. We’ll see.”
‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ takes place during a frightening and tragic time in American history after Charles Manson and his “family” butchered actress Sharon Tate, her unborn baby and several others at a party in Los Angeles. Tarantino’s film doesn’t center around the Manson family but that definitely plays a major part in the movie.
The movie debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in France with overwhelmingly positive reviews with the wide release for the film coming in July.
Tarantino has spoken proudly about the work he did on ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ but he still believes it’s better to walk away on a high note than stick around an industry like this for too long. In fact, Tarantino already has ideas about what he wants to do after he puts filmmaking behind him.
“I think when it comes to theatrical movies, I’ve come to the end of the road,” Tarantino said. “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.”
It wasn’t long ago that Tarantino teased helming a ‘Star Trek’ film and there was always talk about a potential third ‘Kill Bill’ movie as well.
As of now, Tarantino hasn’t committed to anything beyond ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ as he awaits that film to be released. Brad Pitt, who is one of the lead stars in ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ and a frequent collaborator with Tarantino says he doesn’t believe the veteran is bluffing when it comes to the end of his career.
“I don’t think he’s bluffing at all,” Pitt said. “I think he’s dead serious. And I kind of openly lament that to him, but he understands the math of when he feels like directors start falling off their game. But he has other plans and we’re not going to have to say goodbye for a long time.”
One thing is for certain, Tarantino is a one of a kind, once in a generation talent, and he will be sorely missed if he truly walks away from writing and directing in the near future.