Should You Buy the Latest Tarantino Retirement Rumor?


Quentin Tarantino (who’s currently 49) has previously threatened to retire from filmmaking when he turns 60, but thanks to a new interview with Playboy magazine, many outlets are now reporting that Django Unchained will be one of his final projects. Here’s what he actually said: “Directors don’t get better as they get older. Usually the worst films in their filmography are those last four at the end. I am all about my filmography, and one bad film fucks up three good ones. I don’t want that bad out-of-touch comedy in my filmography, the movie that makes people think, Oh man, he still thinks it’s 20 years ago. When directors get out-of-date, it’s not pretty… I haven’t made any gigantic declarative statements. I just don’t want to be an old filmmaker. I’m on a journey that needs to have an end and not be about me trying to get another job. Even if it’s old and I’m washed up, I’d still want to do it. I want this artistic journey to have a climax. I want to work toward something.”

When asked specifically how many films he has left in him, Tarantino responded: “You stop when you stop, but in a fanciful world, 10 movies in my filmography would be nice. I’ve made seven. If I have a change of heart, if I come up with a new story, I could come back. But if I stop at 10, that would be okay as an artistic statement.” [Emphasis, ours.] In other words, while it sounds like he fancies the aesthetics of quitting at 10, we wouldn’t start planning a Pulp Fiction-themed memorial just yet. [via Slashfilm]