Quentin Tarantino is about to release his ninth film by way of The Hateful Eight and what makes this significant is the director’s insistence that he will retire after his tenth film. One more to go.
When Tarantino first announced his plans to retire after the film, audiences were a bit doubtful. However, at a recent American Film Market panel where The Hateful Eight was presented, Tarantino opened up about his retirement plans. He said,
“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. 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.”
He also talked about his plans to present The Hateful Eight in 70mm which stays in line with his position in the ongoing film vs. digital debate (Tarantino’s New Beverly theater in Los Angeles for one, is a celluloid-only venue.)
“I like that I will leave a 10-film filmography, and so I’ve got two more to go after this. It’s not etched in stone, but that is the plan. If I get to the 10th, do a good job and don’t screw it up, well that sounds like a good way to end the old career.”
When asked what he would do without film in his life, he said he would likely spend his days “writing plays and books, going gracefully into my tender years.”