Today: May 28, 2024

Tarantino Sets Sights On Retirement

No, not the name of a new Quentin Tarantino film but instead the director behind such films as Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill and Django Unchained has said he will look to retire after his tenth film.  He’s currently in pre-production on his eighth film (not including films he was a co-director on), conveniently titled The Hateful Eight but the director believes that directing is a young man’s game.

Speaking to a live audience at the American Film Market Tarantino said “I don’t believe you should stay on stage until people are begging you to get off… I like the idea of leaving them wanting a bit more. 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’m not trying to ridicule anyone who thinks differently, but I want to go out while I’m still hard… I like that I will leave a ten-film filmography, and so I’ve got two more to go after this. It’s not etched in stone, but that is the plan.” It’s not the first time Tarantino has suggested as much.  While out on promotional duties for Django he likened directors to prize fighter boxers who have their time in the ring and should then step out before they taking a beating.

On stage with him were two of his Hateful Eight cast members Kurt Russell and Samuel L. Jackson who were both understandably surprised by Tarantino’s statement with Russell asking what he planned on doing if not directing.  Tarantino responded that he planned on writing books and plays and taking things slowly.  But for a man who has lived his life through movies is this really a feasible proposition?

The Hateful Eight is set to shoot this winter on good old 70mm film which Tarantino hopes will demonstrate why cinema is far from dead and will, with any luck, encourage people to get out of their big screen TVs and back into cinemas.  The film is scheduled for release next year. Source – Deadline 

Alex Moss Editor

Alex Moss’ obsession with film began the moment he witnessed the Alien burst forth from John Hurt’s stomach. It was perhaps ill-advised to witness this aged 6 but much like the beast within Hurt, he became infected by a parasite called ‘Movies’. Rarely away from his computer or a big screen, as he muses on Cinematic Deities, Alex is “more machine now than man. His mind is twisted and evil”. Email: alex.moss@filmjuice.com

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