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Since arriving on the scene back in 1992 with the audacious, controversial Reservoir Dogs, Quentin Tarantino has been lauded by critics and movie-goers as one of the industry's greatest filmmakers... but it seems that our time with him on the big screen won't last for too much longer. While the filmmaker has discussed retirement before, he has now firmly stated that once he makes his 10th feature film, he will decide to walk away.
Quentin Tarantino recently participated in Adobe Max's Keynote event, and while seated in front of a large crowd, discussed openly his plans to bring his directing career to a close. As part of a question and answer session with a moderator, Tarantino was asked directly if the rumors were true that he would only be making two more movies (his eighth being 2015's The Hateful Eight). He made virtually no attempt to create some wiggle room, replying,
Considering that he's talking about ending one of the greatest cinematic careers in the history of the industry, this is a surprisingly blasé attitude, but it definitely sounds like he has made up his mind. Quentin Tarantino has said in the past that he doesn't have any desire to be an old man filmmaker -- waiting for audiences to boo him off the stage instead of leaving on his own volition. It seems that he feels that a filmography of 10 movies will allow him to let him leave a memorable legacy in Hollywood, and if his last two films are as successful as his first eight, that shouldn't be a problem at all.
Of course, there is now the all-important question of exactly what Quentin Tarantino's final two movies should be. Unfortunately, in the past he has talked specifically about doing three different projects, meaning that one of them may never happen. The first is a 1930s-set gangster film; the second is a contemporary story where he "can have a character who gets in a car, turns on the radio so [he] can have a cool driving montage," and the third is a deeply scary horror story a la The Exorcist. Given Tarantino's reputation, it's also entirely possible that none of these descriptions will work for the last two movies, as he may decide to do something completely different -- but we'll just have to wait and see.
It definitely seems that Quentin Tarantino has made up his mind on this subject, but hopefully when his time on the big screen ends he won't disappear as an artist completely. After all, there's still the option of writing books, plays, or maybe even a television show. Tell us what you would like to see him do once he's done with film in the comments section below, and stay tuned for more updates on the director's next project.