Quentin Tarantino hints at retirement

The legendary director doesn't "want to be an old-man filmmaker"

By Prachi Gupta
November 16, 2012 8:32PM (UTC)
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Gearing up for the release of Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," the award-winning filmmaker sat down with Playboy and revealed that the highly anticipated movie might also be one of his last:

“I just don’t want to be an old-man filmmaker. I want to stop at a certain point. 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 I am all about my filmography, and one bad film f—s up three good ones.…When directors get out-of-date, it’s not pretty. 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.”

Of his current success, Tarantino said, “I want there to be anticipation. I was actually quite proud when I read that 'Django' is one of the most anticipated movies coming out this year. It’s a black Western. Where’s the anticipation coming from? I guess a lot of it is me. That’s pretty f—ing awesome.”


h/t Entertainment Weekly

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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