Iconic director and fan favourite Quentin Tarantino has once again outlined plans to retire after his 10th film, revealing his latest update on the matter during a visit to Real Time With Bill Maher whilst promoting the novelisation of his 2019 film Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.
“I know film history and from here on in, filmmakers do not get better. Don Siegel. If he had quit his career in 1979 when he did Escape from Alcatraz, what a final film! What a mic drop. But he dribbles away with two more other ones, he doesn’t mean it,” Tarantino responded to Maher’s question about why he would want to retire at the height of his career.
It’s not the first time that Tarantino has announced a somewhat premature retirement, uttering the same warning to cinephiles worldwide in 2014, though he has always expressed interest in bowing out following the release of his 10th film. “Working for 30 years doing as many movies as I’ve done, not as many as other people, that’s a long career. That’s a really long career. And I’ve given it everything I have. Every single solitary thing I have,” Tarantino noted on his illustrious time as a writer/director and all-around auteur.
In conversation with Bill Maher, Tarantino didn’t reveal any definitive news on what his ‘final’ film may be, though if history’s anything to go by, we may see the Kill Bill series become a trilogy, or perhaps the director will revive his unfulfilled Star Trek film. One thing he did rule out was an aforementioned remake of his 1992 film Reservoir Dogs, which the director revealed that he was once considering before noting that the film was, “kind of a ‘capture time in a moment’ kind of thing”.
Bookending the conversation, Quentin Tarantino fills us with some kind of hope, all but announcing at least one more film, whatever that may be, stating, “I know film history, and from here on in, directors do not get better. I still have another one to go”.
See the full conversation below.