Quentin Tarantino Reveals His Retirement Plan


[dropcap size=small]A[/dropcap]midst a bidding war for distribution rights at the American Film Market over Quentin Tarantino’s latest film The Hateful Eight, the director and a few of his actors had a chance to sit down and discuss their upcoming western. Deadline had a chance to moderate the discussion, during which QT spoke extensively about his sources of inspiration for his new movie, why 70 mm is the best format, and most importantly his plans for retiring from the business.

At a certain point in the conversation, actress Jennifer Jason Leigh expressed her thoughts about being added to the Tarantino universe just in time to hear that he was close to retirement. Immediately, Kurt Russell and Samuel L. Jackson spoke up. “You don’t actually believe that shit, do you?” Russell asked the crowd. “What’s Quentin going to do with himself if he’s not doing this?” added Jackson. Tarantino responded that he would fill his time with “writing plays and books, going gracefully into my tender years.”

Regardless of the crowd opposition to the thought of Quentin Tarantino retiring from the film industry, the director explained that he was serious:

“I don’t believe you should stay onstage 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 10th, 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 10 and I’m done, leaving them wanting more — that sounds right.”

As a massive Tarantino fan myself, I’m not too sure how I feel about the idea that we’ve only got two more amazing films (three if you count The Hateful Eight) left to look forward to, but I do like the idea of him going out on top and writing plays afterwards. The man can write some solid dialogue.

What are your thoughts on Quentin Tarantino’s retirement plan?

I was born, I pooped myself a bunch, I cried, took my first step, and then at the young age of eight my dad showed me a little film by the name of Pulp Fiction. My mind was blown. From that moment I learned to appreciate film on another level. To put it simply, I love movies.


  1. If Tarantino wanted to go out on top, he should have retired after Jackie Brown. The guy is kinda turning into a parody of himself. Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown are a trinity of masterpieces. Kill Bill vol. 1 and Inglorious Basterds were ok, but everything else has just been ‘meh.’

    It sounds like Hateful 8 can be the perfect return to form for Tarantino, so my hopes remain high, but if you ask me – I would agree maybe Tarantino needs a little break from being Tarantino.

    • IB and DU were stupendous. You bite your tongue, sir!

      Kill Bill is exactly what type of movie it was meant to be; over-the-top, absurd action that pays homage to classic Kung Fu and swordsmanship-based features.

      QT has a strong passionate love for grindhouse/cheezy films. He does this intentionally. It would be a whole other thing if he sucked and didnt realize it.

      PS: Jackie Brown was B-O-R-I-N-G


      • Gotta disagree with you on Django Unchained. I think it’s one of
        Tarantino’s weakest films. It was bogged down and cumbersome. A film that didn’t know what it was supposed to be — Spaghetti Western homage? Blaxploitation homage? It was trying to do too much at once. Even the classic Tarantino “tension scenes” didn’t work. Tarantino trying too hard to be Tarantino. It’s only saving grace was Christoph Waltz.

        I know he’s a man with a vision. I just think that that vision has gotten a little lost over the years. He’s still a talented director, and I’ll still see all his films, but he it seems like he hasn’t quite been able to catch that magic he did with ‘Dogs’ and ‘Pulp Fiction’.

        I implore you to watch Jackie Brown again. The first time I watched it, I didn’t care for it either, but I watched it again recently, and it’s definitely his most underrated movie by far.

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