Quentin Tarantino has confirmed his intentions to retire early from feature films and hinted that his new picture, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, may be his final film.
For years Tarantino has said that he plans to retire from filmmaking when he is 60, even hinting at calling it a day earlier cinema moves to digital only: “If it actually gets to the place where you can’t show 35 mm film in theatres anymore and everything is digital projection, I won’t even make it to 60,” he once said. Taking his comments further, the filmmaker said he would retire from cinema after directing his tenth film in an interview from November 2014.
That said, Tarantino has always left the door open to a c change of plans, saying that the 10 film idea was “not etched in stone,” but followed it with: “If I get to the 10th, do a good job and don’t screw it up, well that sounds like a good way to end the old career.”
Now, with the release of his ninth feature film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Tarantino has alluded to not even making it to the tenth: “I think when it comes to theatrical movies, I’ve come to the end of the road,” Tarantino said in an interview with GQ. “I see myself writing film 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,” he added.
Brad Pitt, who plays the lead role of Cliff Booth in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, has also commented on Tarantino’s plans: “No, I don’t think he’s bluffing at all,” he said in the same interview.
“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.”
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which was given a rousing seven-minute applause following its premiere at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, tells the tale of TV actor Dalton and his stunt double Cliff Booth who embark on an odyssey to make a name for themselves in the film industry during the Charles Manson murders in 1969 Los Angeles.
The film synopsis reads: “A faded TV actor and his stunt double embark on an odyssey to make a name for themselves during the Helter Skelter reign of terror in 1969 Los Angeles.”
Leonardo DiCaprio plays the role of Dalton and Pitt takes on Cliff Booth. Margot Robbie is playing the role of Sharon Tate, the model and film star wife of Roman Polanski who was murdered in her home by the Manson family on 8 August 1969. Other high-profile names like, Dakota Fanning will be Squeaky Fromme, Al Pacino as Marvin Shwarz.
On top of that, Emile Hirsch, Luke Perry, Julia Butters, Damian Lewis, Keith Jefferson, Clifton Collins Jr. and Nicholas Hammond are also be included.