Quentin Tarantino Set To Retire After ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ Is Released

Joshua RogersJoshua Rogers in Entertainment, Film, News, World
Published 04.07.19

Quentin Tarantino is a legend of cinema and I genuinely don’t think he’s ever made a bad film.

The director is one of the most beloved and respected directors in the bizz and with flicks like Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, and Django Unchained to his name, he’ll forever be one of the good guys.

Many of these films have also offered us audience members some of the best leading men and women to ever grace the screen, with John Travolta’s Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction being my all time favourite.

Tarantino is back on August 15th with Once Upon A Time In Hollywood – which features DiCaprio as Rick Dalton, the actor, and Brad Pitt as the stunt double, Cliff Booth.

Set in the summer of 1969 in Los Angeles, the films follows Dalton who’s had one hit western series and is looking for a way to get into the film business, while his sidekick Booth – who’s also his stunt double – is looking for the same thing.

The movie is said to be similar to a “Pulp Fiction-like tapestry” that covers a group of characters during that summer and has the horrific murder of Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) by Charles Manson’s cult of followers as the backdrop to the story. But sadly, it may well be the last film Tarantino does, after he told Australian GQ he was thinking of calling it a day:

“I think when it comes to theatrical movies,” he said.

“I’ve come to the end of the road.

“I see myself writing film books and starting to write theatre, so I’ll still be creative. I just think I’ve given all I have to give to movies.”

Brad Pitt, star his new film, added: “I don’t think he’s bluffing at all. I think he’s dead serious.

“And I kind of openly lament that to him, but he understands the math of when he feels like directors start falling off their game. But he has other plans and we’re not going to have to say goodbye for a long time.”

However, Tarantino has always said that he intends to end his directing career once he finishes his tenth film. Previously he said about Once Upon A Time In Hollywood: “If it’s really well received, maybe I won’t go to 10. Maybe I’ll stop right now! Maybe I’ll stop while I’m ahead. We’ll see.”

As well as these plans, it certainly seems like Tarantino will have producing duties on several forthcoming films, including the planned Star Trek film and a “sequel” he’s developing to Django Unchained.

He’s been talking about it a Star Trek film for a while now, and has had discussions with both Paramount – who own the rights to the current franchise – and director JJ Abrams.

It is thought that Tarantino wants Paramount to allow him to make an R-rated version of the classic franchise, with the director confirming he’d like to make it.

He also told Empire last week: “There’s a script that exists for it now. I need to weigh in on it, but I haven’t been able to do that yet.”

You have to think Tarantino will be sorely missed in Hollywood, and you can’t help but feel he’s still got a ton of quality films swirling around in his brain.

If he really is intent of stopping, an R-rated Star Trek film isn’t a bad way to go out. 

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