Inglourious Basterds director Quentin Tarantino has disclosed the reason behind his decision to end his illustrious career after his next film, which will be his tenth. The iconic director made this revelation during an interview on CNN’s Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace? while doing a promotional tour for his book Cinema Speculation.
To the chagrin of fans, the 59-year-old filmmaker announced in 2021 that his tenth film will be his last one. He cited personal reasons for the decision and has now come out to provide more details on the decision. The veteran director stated that he is feeling "out of touch" with the types of movies being released today. As a result, he decided it was time to call it quits so he can leave the business while he’s still at his best. Basically, Tarantino is quitting because he wants to leave while there are still people who appreciate his work and the ovation is loud.
The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood director also made a remark about how he finds it difficult to define what a movie is these days. In his words, "Right now I don't even know what a movie is. Is that something that plays on Netflix? Is that something that plays on Amazon and everyone want and people watch it on their couch with their wife or their husband? Is that a movie? Because my last movie opened up in 3000 theaters and played all over the world for you know for a couple of months." He added that the current movie era is one of the worst eras in Hollywood history alongside the 1950s and 1980s.
By the way, Tarantino’s retirement from feature filmmaking does not mean he is bowing out of the movie industry in its entirety. As things stand, there is a huge possibility he will pivot to directing TV series. He could also decide to work in Hollywood in other capacities.
Given Tarantino’s filmmaking pedigree, there are high expectations about his next film, especially since it will be his last. However, when asked what the next film will be, Tarantino revealed that he hasn’t decided on a project since he is not in a hurry.
While there has been speculation that he will work on the third installment of his highly popular Kill Bill series, there is nothing set in stone yet. Nevertheless, fans can dismiss films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe or any that features a superhero as the director has expressly stated he has no interest in them. And given the fact he has stated that his final film will be original work, fans can also rule out franchise projects like James Bond and Star Trek.
Tarantino’s last movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, was a huge commercial success with a box office gross of $374 million against a $90 million budget. The film was nominated for several Oscar awards winning two, including a Best Supporting Actor award for Brad Pitt.
The film follows a fading Hollywood actor Rick Dalton and his best friend and stunts double Cliff Booth as they navigate the 1960s Hollywood scene. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role of Rick Dalton while Brad Pitt stars as his best friend and stunt double Cliff Booth. Other cast members include Margot Robbie, Emile Hirsch, Margaret Qualley, and Timothy Olyphant who star as Sharon Tate, Jay Sebring, Pussycat, and James Stacy respectively. Tarantino wrote and directed the film. He also served as producer alongside David Heyman and Shannon McIntosh.
Tarantino’s films have a distinct style and they often feature ensemble casts, stylized violence, lengthy dialogues, non-linear plots, dark humor, and references to pop culture. The multi-award-winning auteur made his debut in the filmmaking industry with 1992’s Reservoir Dogs, which he followed up with the widely successful Pulp Fiction in 1994. His other movies include Kill Bill Volumes 1 and 2, Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained, and The Hateful Eight. However, directing is not the only thing the 59-year-old is good at. He is also an accomplished author, actor, screenwriter, and film critic.
Until the legendary filmmaker decides on his next project, fans of his craft can enjoy his latest book, Cinema Speculation. They can also watch his latest project, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, on Apple TV, Prime Video, Redbox, and Vudu. There are also reports he has written and will be directing an eight-episode limited series in 2023 that some have speculated is a spinoff of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
In other news, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige disapproved of the original script for Captain America 3. According to reports, he all but forced the writing team to make it about the Avengers’ civil war. Also, Warner Bros. is adapting one of George R. R. Martin’s earliest works The Ice Dragon into an animated film.