One of the greatest living film directors, Quentin Tarantino, was in Jerusalem to present a screening of Pulp Fiction and reflect on his career when he announced that he’s ending his directing career with a total of ten movies — leaving just two to go.
“I’m planning on stopping at ten. So it’ll be two more. Even if, at 75, I have this other story to tell, it would still kind of work because that would make those ten. … But the one he did when he was an old, f—ing man? That geriatric one exists completely on its own in the old folks’ home and is never put on the same shelf next to the other ten.”
This isn’t the first time Tarantino has expressed the sentiment to end his impressive oeuvre on his terms. In a 2012 interview with Playboy, Tarantino said:
“Directors don’t get better as they get older. 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…”
That Playboy interview was also where he first floated the idea of stopping at ten. One movie closer to that total, he’s now made up his mind.
There’s no official word on what his last two movies will be, but the two ideas he’s repeatedly brought up over the last lustrum have been a 1930s gangster movie and a horror film in the style of The Exorcist or Carrie.
Tarantino previous eight movies were Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Death Proof, Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained, The Hateful Eight, and both volumes of Kill Bill (which Tarantino originally shot as one film, before it was bisected by Miramax).