The Oscar-winning filmmaker Quentin Tarantino has long maintained that he wants to give up moviemaking after he completes his tenth film because, in his mind, a director’s quality of work only gets worse as they go along. Tarantino feels like he wants to leave behind a work going out with a bang, so far he’s on his way.
The director recently finished working on the star-studded Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, which stars the likes of Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, and Leonardo DiCaprio, but it could be one of his final movie projects.
The Tennesse native’s career began in the late 1980s when he wrote and directed “My Best Friend’s Birthday,” the screenplay of which formed the basis for 1993’s True Romance. He was hired to write From Dusk Til Dawn in the early ’90s; and wrote, directed and acted in his first break out film: 1992’s Reservoir Dogs.
Tarantino went on to direct some of the most popular cult classics in the movie industry including Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Inglorious Bastards, and Django Unchained to name a few. Tarantino’s films often feature graphic violence, a tendency which has sometimes been criticized, but this doesn’t stop his fans from wanting more.
Ready to Settle Down
The two-time Golden Globe and two time Oscar winner has been nominated for countless film-related awards. He has a reported net worth of $100 million and earned his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2015 for his contributions to the film industry.
Tarantino initially stated he planned to retire at age 60 but after finding with the love of his life, with thoughts of settling down, he has contemplated accelerating the process. “Well, I haven’t been married, I haven’t had kids,” Tarantino said. “I just got married, I wanna have kids.” Tarantino tied the knot with Israeli singer and model Daniella Pick November 2018.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood would mark the director’s ninth movie, that is if you count “Kill Bill” films (which had two volumes) as one movie.
“I like that I will leave a ten film filmography, It’s not etched in stone, but that is the plan. If I get to the tenth, 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 ten and done, leaving them wanting more — that sounds right.”
After Ten, It All Goes Downhill
“I like the idea of leaving them wanting a bit more [too],” he added, “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 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.
With so many box office hits, he’s set the bar high, so he continued to make it clear that he never wants to disappoint his fans.”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,” he says.
Tarantino mentioned he thought of dabbling more in television, but it seems he may be sticking to his initial goal. “I kind of like the idea of making ten motion pictures and then, boom, that’s it, that’s done,” he said. “The filmography is locked and there you go.”
Going Out With a Bang… Just Like His Movies
Tarantino is said to be working on an R Rated Star Trek movie, which would be his tenth movie. This is the first time he’s directed a big established franchise movie.
In response to Tarantino’s claims, lead actor of the upcoming flick, Brad Pitt told GQ: “I don’t think he’s bluffing at all. 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.”
In the meantime, he’s enjoying the success of Once Upon a Time In Hollywood and we are looking forward to his New Star Trek venture in the coming future.