Quentin Tarantino promises his filmmaking days are nearing the finish line.
In 2014, the director said he would retire after making 10 films. Then, earlier this year, he said that if he decided to make another movie when he’s an “old fucking man,” it wouldn’t count toward the definitive Tarantino Ten. (As we well know, Tarantino prefers his own logic.) But now the Oscar winner has pledged not to make anything at all after finishing his 10th project.
“Drop the mic. Boom. Tell everybody, ‘Match that shit,’” Tarantino said Thursday at an Adobe-sponsored creativity conference in San Francisco, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
So, let’s recap what comprises the Tarantino oeuvre. Since it’s only movies he’s directed by himself, we can discount his scripts for “True Romance” and “From Dusk Till Dawn,” as well as the segments he helmed in “Four Rooms,” “Sin City” and “Grindhouse.” His first feature, “My Best Friend’s Birthday,” never received proper distribution. That leaves “Reservoir Dogs,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Jackie Brown,” “Kill Bill” (counting both volumes as one entity), “Death Proof,” “Inglourious Basterds,” “Django Unchained” and “The Hateful Eight.”
What will be his final two films? Based on the information we have right now, it may not be the rumored third installment in the “Kill Bill” series. Tarantino has spent four years steeped in research about 1970, with plans to make a non-fiction project that isn’t clearly defined yet. “It could be a book, a documentary, a five-part podcast,” he said on Thursday.
Then he may start working on a script he teased at the beginning of the year, a “’Bonnie and Clyde’-ish” story revolving around outlaws in 1930s Australia. Assuming these two endeavors come next and count toward his quota, his 10-film opus will be complete. But neither has been greenlit, and, as far as we know, he’s still pondering the outlaw tale. And he might not even count the 1970 enterprise if it winds up not being a movie. Maybe Beatrix Kiddo will rise again? Or maybe she, like Tarantino in several years, has fought her last cinematic battle.
Either way, he has unsurprisingly high hopes for his legacy. “Hopefully, the way I define success when I finish my career is that I’m considered one of the greatest filmmakers that ever lived,” Tarantino said. “And going further, a great artist, not just filmmaker.”