Have you picked up your Quentin Tarantino issue of Birth.Movies.Death. Magazine yet? Better get while the getting's good, they're going fast!
For some time now, Quentin Tarantino - one of our greatest living filmmakers and the director of this month's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - has been threatening to retire from filmmaking after helming his tenth movie (that'd be the next one), and we have long treated that threat with the skepticism it would seem to deserve: Quentin Tarantino? Retired? It's hard to imagine such a thing, even if the dude's reasons for doing so make sense.
In a new interview with GQ Australia, Tarantino reiterates this plan:
“I think when it comes to theatrical movies, I’ve come to the end of the road. I see myself writing books and starting to write theater, so I’ll still be creative. I just think I’ve given all I have to give to movies.”
The use of the word "theatrical" here is interesting. Might this mean that Tarantino's reserving the right to do something long-form, perhaps on a streaming network? Might he be telling the truth, and want out completely? We're still having troubling believing it, but one person who needs no further convincing is Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star Brad Pitt:
“No, I don’t think he’s bluffing at all. I think he’s dead serious. And I kind of openly lament that to him, but he understands the math of when he feels like directors start falling off their game. But he has other plans and we’re not going to have to say goodbye for a long time.”
It's hard to imagine a world where Quentin Tarantino's alive and not directing something, and we hope this isn't the case. Only time will tell. Until then, we'll be keeping an ear to the ground for further updates on what's sounding more and more like his final film (Star Trek?). Stay tuned for those updates as they roll in.
(Note: Header photo by Gage Skidmore, used with permission via Flickr)