Just four months ago, Quentin Tarantino announced he was ready to leave the door open to new projects. Today, he's shattered all hopes with a new announcement at the Adobe Max conference in San Diego, reports the Hollywood Reporter.
The filmmaker has now decided to take a u-turn on his decision, announcing that his career will draw to a close following his tenth feature film.
Speaking at the conference, the Tennessee-native exclaimed:
"Drop the mic. Boom. Tell everybody, 'Match that shit'."
Currently on film number eight, Quentin Tarantino has forged a name as one the best in the business, from debut flick Reservoir Dogs up to his most recent offering The Hateful Eight.
We've had difficulty believing in rumors of the Knoxville cinephile's retirement ever since they started to circulate given how much we know he loves to be admired. But could it be the real deal today?
A symbolic number?
Tarantino's symbolic number 10 comes up against a bit of skepticism when you note that the director prefers to count Kill Bill as one single film – despite the story being released in two separate volumes.
It also seems as though he's not yet ready to give up on Beatrix Kiddo as he has already spoken of creating a sequel whose plot seems to be ever evolving. But if this project ever sees the light of day, will it be counted as another number on the list? Unlikely.
For the moment, however, Tarantino has not given away much information concerning his last two productions. Back in January, he did tease the concept for an Australian, Bonnie and Clyde-esque story set in the 1930s. Today, the 53-year-old also told the crowd that he was currently focused on a historical non-fiction project.
We also know that Quentin has been heavily focused on the 1970s over the past few years – a period of cinema he describes as a turning point in international cinema. Speaking of a 70s project at Lyon's Festival Lumière the director stated:
"Am I going to write a book? Maybe. Is it going to be a six-part podcast? Maybe. A feature documentary? Maybe. I’m figuring it out."
Back in the present day and Tarantino also took the occasion to describe exactly what he wants for the rest of his career:
"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."
No pressure for your last two films then, Quentin.