With eight notable movies already under his belt, director Quentin Tarantino insists that he’s going to retire after his tenth feature film.
“Drop the mic. Boom. Tell everybody, ‘Match that shit,'” he told the audience at Adobe Max, a creativity conference held in San Diego last week.
That means that the filmmaker only has two more projects to go, and speculations are already swirling about what they might be. Earlier this year, he teased details about a completed script for a “Bonnie and Clyde-esque” story set in 1930s Australia. Other rumors link the director to an in-depth study of the year 1970, which he’s previously cited as a pivotal point in cinema.
At 53 years old and averaging a release roughly every two to three years since 1992’s Reservoir Dogs, Tarantino is well poised to exit stage left well before the average retirement age of 63. But that doesn’t mean he plans to step out of the entertainment industry forever.
“It could be a book, a documentary, a five-part podcast,” Tarantino said about the rumored 1970 project, indicating that he’s still cooking up new and inventive ways to communicate his stories.
Ultimately, however, the Kill Bill and Pulp Fiction director wasn’t shy about how he wants his legacy to be preserved.
“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,” he said at the San Diego Convention Center, to which the audience laughed and cheered.
Still, some wonder whether Tarantino’s retirement rumors aren’t just a marketing ploy, similar to the “KISS Farewell Tour” that’s been ongoing since 2001.
“Plainly put, it’s a pretty great business move,” writes Yohana Desta for Vanity Fair. “Not only will it get extra attention from industry eyes, it also seemingly ensures that fans will snatch up tickets like crazy to catch the final two Tarantino films in theaters. The director is pretty good at generating fanfare on his own, but that appeal coupled with retirement hype will create a whole new beast.”