For the past two years, director Quentin Tarantino has kept busy despite staying mum on his next film. Sure, maybe not the kind of busy fans have in mind—he’s mostly entertained himself by racking his brain for his own best film and joining the anti-Marvel debate with a tirade of his own. Still, fans have been on the edge of their seats, as the director’s next film may be the most highly anticipated project yet. According to Tarantino, it may very well be his last.
Tarantino has for two decades commanded the ability to attract the most coveted actors, working with Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt two times each. He directed Christoph Waltz to two Oscar wins. Samuel L. Jackson is a frequent collaborator. If this truly is his final film, he will have no shortage of thespians dropping everything to line up for roles.
The director’s alleged retirement stems all the way back to an interview he did in 2012 with Playboy. Back then, when he was still promoting Django Unchained, he made the controversial comment that “directors don’t get better as they get older.” Stating that he didn’t “want to be an old-man filmmaker,” he continued, explaining his belief that, “Usually the worst films in their filmography are those last four at the end. I am all about my filmography, and one bad film f—s up three good ones… You stop when you stop, but in a fanciful world, 10 movies in my filmography would be nice. I’ve made seven. If I have a change of heart, if I come up with a new story, I could come back. But if I stop at 10, that would be okay as an artistic statement.
Rumored to follow the life of late movie critic Pauline Kael, The Movie Critic is looking to be Tarantino’s final artistic statement on film. That it may focus on the kind of people who have caused him the most grief over the course of his career may be his final icing on the cake, but we’ll have to wait and see. A movie about making movies, much like Once Upon a Time, is certainly a favorite among filmmakers looking to make their final, grand work in the medium. Knowing Tarantino, The Movie Critic certainly won’t be anything we expect it to be once it finally arrives.