Quentin Tarantino has confirmed that he’s going to retire from the world of cinema once and for all after the release of his tenth movie.
During a keynote presentation at Adobe’s Max conference in San Diego yesterday, Tarantino said that he hopes by the time that he retires he’ll be remembered as one of the greatest filmmakers that ever lived. In an attempt to remain modest, Tarantino added that he hoped people would remember him as a great artist instead of just a filmmaker, but he had no more plans to direct or write another movie after his tenth.
“Drop the mic. Boom. Tell everybody, 'Match that shit,’” Tarantino said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Before Tarantino gets started on his next feature-film, the director wants to work on a non-fiction project about 1970 and how important the 365-day period was for cinema. Tarantino said he’s not sure what that project would look like — it could be a book or a podcast series — but that his next two big movies would come after that.
All of which is a long way of saying that no one actually knows when Tarantino is going to retire. It could be five years from now or it could be ten years from now. Back in 2009, when Tarantino was doing a press tour for Inglourious Basterds, he told MTV that it takes him years to write a script. Often times, he said, the first draft turns out to be 300 pages long and its a slow editing process before he can get started on a second draft. That, in combination with long shooting schedules, made the pre-production and production period of each film pretty extensive.
What we do know, however, is that Tarantino has been talking about retiring after his tenth movie for close to two years. It started a full year before Tarantino’s seventh movie, The Hateful Eight, was released and has continued sporadically up until yesterday’s confirmation. Tarantino has proclaimed he was going to retire after his tenth movie no less than four times in that period, with each being a reiteration of what he’s said in the past.
To mark the occasion of Tarantino finally deciding that he was definitely, 100 percent, absolutely going to retire, here’s a timeline of every time Tarantino said he was going to retire between Nov. 10, 2014 and Nov. 4, 2016.
Tarantino has said that his next movie will be a Bonnie and Clyde-style project set in 1930s Australia, but won’t get started on that for quite some time.
Don’t expect Tarantino to go away anytime soon.