During a recent appearance on ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’, filmmaker Quentin Tarantino reiterated his plan to retire after the next film, noting that he has even considered making his swan song a reboot of ‘Reservoir Dogs’.
According to Deadline, Maher questioned the 58-year-old filmmaker’s intent to quit when he is, still in his prime, observing that experience can often enhance creativity.
He cited ‘Reservoir Dogs’, Tarantino’s debut film, and observed that the director would perhaps make a superior version of it from his current perspective.
“That’s kind of a ‘capture time in a moment’ kind of thing,” Tarantino demurred, though he conceded having thought of remaking Reservoir Dogs as his final film. “I won’t do it, internet.
But I considered it,” he cracked.
Even as he displayed his acumen in making the point, Tarantino seemed sincerely committed to the plan. “I know film history and from here on in, filmmakers do not get better,” he said. “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.”
Maher then asked Tarantino about Israel, where he lives with his wife and 15-month-old son, wondering if he misses LA. “Of course,” the filmmaker responded, though he noted the two places have a similar climate and “vibe,” though Israel is comparatively “tiny.”
Tarantino was also asked about potentially making his new home country the backdrop for a film, especially since it is, as Maher joked, “the revenge capital of the world” and thereby belongs in the director’s oeuvre.
While a political story in Israel isn’t in the cards, his guest said, “If you make a movie in Jerusalem, there’s nowhere you can point the camera where you’re not capturing something fantastic.
Maher congratulated Tarantino for standing his ground against that and other attacks. “Ideology is more important than art,” he grumbled about the cultural climate. He added, “Ideology trumps individual effort, Ideology trumps good, ideology trumps entertaining.
Whatever be the case he intends to quit that is understandable.