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Director Quentin Tarantino Could Be Retiring After the Completion of His Latest Film

Samantha Franco
Photo Credit: Emma McIntyre / Getty Images
Photo Credit: Emma McIntyre / Getty Images

Director Quentin Tarantino is apparently at the end of his career. Well, his film directing career at least. For a long time, he’s said that he would like to end on a nice round number, with 10 films under his belt. Having completed his ninth movie, fans have been curious and excited to learn what his next and final film might be. Now that it’s underway, Hollywood may soon have to say goodbye to one of its most outstanding creative minds.

Tarantino has long said he’ll stop after 10 films

Quentin Tarantino standing in front of a 'Pulp Fiction' poster.
Film director Quentin Tarantino standing by a poster for his film ‘Pulp Fiction’ in London, United Kingdom, 1994. (Photo Credit: Martyn Goodacre / Getty Images)

Tarantino made his directing debut with the 1992 film Reservoir Dogs and has had an illustrious career ever since. Other films he has written and directed include Pulp Fiction (1994), Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2 (2003/2004), Inglourious Basterds (2009), and most recently, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (2019). Right around the time he released Django Unchained (2012), he revealed that he intended to stop filmmaking eventually. “You stop when you stop, but in a fanciful world, 10 movies in my filmography would be nice,” he said. “I’ve made seven … if I stop at 10, that would be OK as an artistic statement.”

Tarantino doesn’t want to continue directing if his new films tank and taint the others that had previously been successful. “Usually the worst films in [directors’] filmography are those last four at the end. I am all about my filmography, and one bad film [expletive] up three good ones.”

He has reportedly confirmed his 10th film

Black and white photo of Tarantino
Film director Quentin Tarantino, portrait, London, United Kingdom, 1994. (Photo by Martyn Goodacre/Getty Images)

Following the release of his ninth film, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Tarantino fans began to hypothesize what his 10th film might be. One rumor going around was that it could be a concluding third movie to the Kill Bill franchise. If this were the case, fans were hoping it would serve as a loophole, as the first two are counted as one film.

Technically, Tarantino would have to put out another film after this to mark his 10th, giving fans more of what they want.

The Movie Critic

A photo of Pauline Kael sitting with her hands wrapped around her crossed legs.
Photo of Pauline Kael while she was in Canada, circa 1973. (Photo Credit: Erin Combs / Toronto Star / Getty Images)

It’s been recently reported that Tarantino has written his 10th film and is preparing for shooting. This one is called The Movie Critic and though most information surrounding it has been kept secret, it’s said to be based in 1970s Los Angeles with a strong female as its lead. With that criteria, people are speculating if it is about Pauline Kael, whom Tarantino credited as the inspiration for his collection of essays titled Cinema Speculation.

Kael was a major influence during this time period. She began working as a film critic for The New Yorker in 1968 and carried on until her retirement in 1991. In 1979, she accepted a position from Warren Beatty as a consultant to Paramount Pictures. That endeavor was short-lived, but she maintained a strong impact on the Hollywood Renaissance that occurred between the mid-1960s and the early 1980s.

Why retirement is already on his horizon

Headshot of Quentin Tarantino holding up two fingers and his thumb in salute.
US film director Quentin Tarantino poses in the press room after winning the award for Best Screenplay – Motion Picture and Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy during the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards on January 5, 2020, at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP / Getty Images)

Many have questioned Tarantino’s choice to retire after just 10 films, especially if he’s at the top of his game. Most directors achieve a much higher film count than that, but Tarantino knows why 10 is the right number for him. “I want to quit because I know film history and from here on end, directors do not get better,” he said. “At the same time, working for 30 years doing as many movies as I’ve done is not as many as other people, but that’s a long career. That’s a really long career. And I’ve given it everything I have.”

One of the reasons he feels ready to retire is that he doesn’t want to feel out of touch with the film industry as he gets older. He’s already noticed a difference in the industry since he started directing, and wants to leave on a high note. “I’ve been doing it for a long time… And it’s time to wrap up the show,” he said. “I’m an entertainer. I want to leave you wanting more.”

He likely won’t retire from everything

Quentin Tarantino in front of an orange backdrop
Director Quentin Tarantino attends the photo call for Columbia Pictures’ “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on July 11, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Lucky for Tarantino fans, retirement from directing doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be retired altogether. Instead, he has considered pursuing more writing opportunities after his directing career. He’s also considered branching into theater.

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Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is also set to have a television adaptation, called Bounty Law, which is being developed by Tarantino himself. So although his film directing career may come to an end, we can likely expect much more from his brilliant mind.

Samantha Franco

Samantha Franco is a Freelance Content Writer who received her Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Guelph, and her Master of Arts degree in history from the University of Western Ontario. Her research focused on Victorian, medical, and epidemiological history with a focus on childhood diseases. Stepping away from her academic career, Samantha previously worked as a Heritage Researcher and now writes content for multiple sites covering an array of historical topics.

In her spare time, Samantha enjoys reading, knitting, and hanging out with her dog, Chowder!