Quentin Tarantino has made no secret of the fact that he plans on retiring from making movies after ten films. Since he first dropped the bombshell back in 2012, fans have been wondering if QT will bow out as one of the industries most provocative filmmakers. Speaking to GQ, Tarantino has teased that his forthcoming ninth film, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, could be his endgame as a film director.
“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 theatre, so I’ll still be creative. I just think I’ve given all I have to give to movies. If [Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is] really well received, maybe I won’t go to 10. Maybe I’ll stop right now! Maybe I’ll stop while I’m ahead. We’ll see.”
Interestingly, Tarantino uses the term "theatrical movies", but that's not the only type of movies that get made in these modern times. He has already experimented with streaming earlier this year with the extended cut of The Hateful Eight being re-edited into four episodes. The mini-series version is available on Netflix in America but has yet to find its way to the rest of the world. There is even talk of the same extended mini-series approach being applied to Django Unchained with reportedly more than 90 minutes of unseen footage. What I'm taking a long way around to say is QT might be done with "theatrical movies", but continuing a working relationship with Netflix to create a TV series or film is entirely possible.
There is also the small matter of the Tarantino penned Star Trek sequel that Paramount is keen (if unhurried) to make a reality. I have said it before, but I doubt Tarantino was ever going to direct, develop the story and possibly write the script was always going to be the limit of his involvement. That said, there have been few meaningful updates on the status of the Star Trek franchise since Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth were unable to come to terms on negotiations.
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is released in the US on July 26, and lands in the UK on August 14.