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Is Quentin Tarantino reaching the end of his directing career? Judging by some of the quotes from a recent interview, it seems like that could be the case.
Tarantino recently sat down with Playboy magazine in anticipation of his new film Django Unchained, and implied that the end is in sight. If you count both parts of Tarantino’s Kill Bill story as one movie, Django will be the director’s seventh film over his almost two-decade-long career (that’s also not including his stint as “special guest director” on Sin City). But is he reaching the end of his rope?
“I just don’t want to be an old-man filmmaker. I want to stop at a certain point,” he 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 I am all about my filmography, and one bad film fucks up three good ones … When directors get out-of-date, it’s not pretty.”
He added, “I’m on a journey that needs to have an end and not be about me trying to get another job. I want this artistic journey to have a climax. I want to work toward something. You stop when you stop, but in a fanciful world, 10 movies in my filmography would be nice. I’ve made seven. If I have a change of heart, if I come up with a new story, I could come back. But if I stop at 10, that would be okay as an artistic statement.”
Tarantino could have just been talking candidly and might not have meant that he only has three more movies under his belt, but considering the fact it’s become clear over the past few years that all of Tarantino’s movies fit together in one elaborate tapestry, it could be that he wants to tie that all together with one climactic finale. While we would be sad to see Tarantino’s time as a director come to a close and hope that he does many more than just 10 movies, we also are intrigued by what that final project that ties everything together could be. We’re picturing something along the lines of Cloud Atlas with a Tarantino twist.