In some surprising news, Quentin Tarantino has revealed his plans to reveal after his tenth directing gig. Currently working on his upcoming western, THE HATEFUL EIGHT, Tarantino was speaking at AFM while he was selling his latest effort to foreign distributors.
As reported by Deadline, QT said, “I don’t believe you should stay on stage until people are begging you to get off. I like the idea of leaving them wanting a bit more. I do think directing is a young man’s game, and I like the idea of an umbilical cord connection from my first to my last movie. I’m not trying to ridicule anyone who thinks differently, but I want to go out while I’m still hard. I like that I will leave a 10-film filmography, and so I’ve got two more to go after this. It’s not etched in stone, but that is the plan. If I get to the tenth, do a good job and don’t screw it up, well that sounds like a good way to end the old career. If, later on, I come across a good movie, I won’t not do it just because I said I wouldn’t. But ten and done, leaving them wanting more – that sounds right.”
Whether Tarantino sticks to this remains to be seen. Speaking at the same event, Kurt Russell chimed in, “You don’t actually believe that shit, do you?”, whilst Samuel L. Jackson asked the crowd, “What’s Quentin going to do with himself if he’s not doing this?”
The official synopsis on THE HATEFUL EIGHT reads:
In THE HATEFUL EIGHT, set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh), race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as “The Hangman,” will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson), a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins), a southern renegade who claims to be the town’s new Sheriff. Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie's Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie’s, they are greeted not by the proprietor but by four unfamiliar faces. Bob (Demian Bichir), who’s taking care of Minnie’s while she’s visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth), the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage (Michael Madsen), and Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern). As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travellers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all…
That film is set to go into production in December of this year, with a release eyed for some point in 2015. If Tarantino remains true to the above comments, that leaves him with just two movies after THE HATEFUL EIGHT. Could we finally be getting the KILL BILL follow-up that QT’s long talked about? And what else could this iconic filmmaker have up his sleeve to bring an end to a feature film directing career that began way back with RESERVOIR DOGS in 1992?
As ever, expect more on this as it develops.
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