Quentin Tarantino has been talking about retiring from filmmaking for years, but he set an official cap on his resume back in 2014 when he told international buyers at AFM that he would retire after his 10th film. At the time, and in interviews since then, he’s left room open for cinematic returns, saying things like, “It’s not etched in stone, but that is the plan,” and “I am planning to stop at 10 [films], but at 75 I might decide I have another story to do.”
But today, he doubled down on his 10-film retirement plan, telling the crowds at Adobe Max — a creativity conference hosted at the San Diego Convention Center — that he’s got two films left and then it’s time to “Drop the mic. Boom. Tell everybody, ‘Match that shit.’” So there you have it.
Personally, I remain in the “I’ll believe it when I see it” camp, considering Tarantino has dedicated his entire life to cinema, it seems unlikely he’d be willing to spend the rest of his life outside of it. Or, as the inimitable Kurt Russell said when he found out Tarantino’s plans, “You don’t actually believe this shit do you?”
But for now, Tarantino is sticking to his guns. Per THR, he told the audience, “Hopefully, the way I define success when I finish my career is that I’m considered one of the greatest filmmakers that ever lived. And going further, a great artist, not just filmmaker.”
And knowing Tarantino, it could be quite some time before those final two films are completed. He told the crowd at Adobe Max that before he moves on to his next film, he’s going to work the historical non-fiction project he’s been researching for years. “It could be a book, a documentary, a five-part podcast,” he said, but it will definitely center on 1970, one of the most important years in film history.
As for his final two feature films? Well, it’s Tarantino, so god only knows. As we’ve seen over the years, he likes to talk about a lot of ideas that never quite make it to the screen, but so far he’s teased the possibility of a Bonnie and Clyde-style story set in 1930s Australia, he’s expressed a passion for making a third Western (and thus cementing his status as a true Western filmmaker), possibly Forty Lashes Less — though he’s suggested he might pursue that in television form, and he still hasn’t written off Killer Crow, a project that was borne out of the excised portions of his massive initial Inglourious Basterds screenplay that has been on and off the table over the years.