Director Quentin Tarantino said Thursday that he plans to retire after completing his tenth film, which leaves him with just two more to make.
The 58-year-old two-time Oscar-winner told attendees at Adobe Max’s creativity conference in San Diego that his tenth film would be his last, and that at the end of his career, he hopes he can be considered “one of the greatest filmmakers that ever lived.”
“Drop the mic. Boom,” Tarantino said upon revealing his planned retirement, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “Tell everybody, ‘Match that sh*t.'”
Tarantino’s eighth film, The Hateful Eight — a sprawling Western about a group of post-Civil War outlaws who seek refuge from a blizzard in a run-down lodge — was released last year to middling commercial success for The Weinstein Company. The film reportedly earned just $54 million domestically, far lower than the $120 million domestic haul for Inglourious Basterds in 2008 and the $163 million grossed by 2012’s Django Unchained; but Hateful Eight also reportedly brought in $101 million at the international box office.
Tarantino said he he had not yet begun work on his next film because he has been conducting a research project inolving the history of cinema in the year 1970. The director said he had not yet decided whether the project would be a film, a book or a podcast.
Tarantino was interviewed by Adobe CMO Ann Lewnes, who asked Tarantino how he defines success.
“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, according to THR.
Tarantino won two Oscars for his writing; his first in 1994 alongside Roger Avary for Pulp Fiction, and the second for Django. Pulp Fiction also earned him a directing nomination, and he was nominated twice more in 2010 for Basterds. The director’s first film, Reservoir Dogs, was a breakout hit at the 1992 Sundance Film Festival.
Tarantino’s other films include Jackie Brown, Kill Bill (Vols. 1 and 2) and Death Proof, which was part of a Grindhouse double feature that also included Robert Rodriguez’s Planet Terror. He also directed a segment in the four-part anthology film Four Rooms and a small portion of Rodriguez’s 2005 film Sin City.
The director courted controversy just ahead of Hateful Eight‘s release late last year when he participated in a police protest march in New York City. After Tarantino continued to criticize police officers in media interviews, thousands of law enforcement officers across the country vowed to boycott his films.
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