‘Django Unchained’ Director Quentin Tarantino Retiring?

Quentin Tarantino has revealed that he will retire from directing movies once he makes two more, Variety is reporting.

The 58-year-old was speaking at The Creative Conference in San Diego, Thursday where he talked about how he got his break in the industry and switched from screenwriting to directing movies. The Creativity Conference is targeted at individuals working in film, fashion, entertainment, and design. The two-time Oscar winner said that his tenth film would be his last and hopefully confirm him as one of the best film directors in history.

“At the end of the day, if you’re going to get right down to it…the way I define success is when I’m finished with the career, and I’m considered one of the greatest filmmakers who ever lived…that would be successful, and going further, a great artist, not just a filmmaker.”

The Tennessee-born director has written and directed eight films. Despite the seemingly small number of movies, Tarantino pointed out that he is contented with his career, saying that he felt fulfilled bringing his artistic abilities to the fore and birthing original projects from scratch.

“There is this incredible satisfaction for me to think back, that there was a moment in time where me and a pen were sitting at a table in front of a blank sheet of paper…it’s very gratifying for me.”

The Kill Bill director said he wanted to go out on a high and leave a lasting impression in cinema for generations behind him.

Tarantino’s last movie, The Hateful Eight, a post-Civil War Western about outlaws who meet in a ramshackle lodge to disastrous consequences did not do well at the box office compared to Tarantino’s last two movies.

The Hateful Eight made only $54 million domestically compared to 2008’s Inglourious Basterds which raked in $120 million and 2012’s Django Unchained which made $163 million. The 58-year-old said he had not started work on a ninth movie, but admitted that he was researching into the history of cinema in 1970 as a possible plot.

Quentin Tarantino said he was yet to make up his mind whether it would be a book, film, or a five-part podcast. In addition, he said he was also looking at making a 1930’s “Bonnie and Clydeish” Australian gangster movie.

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Quentin Tarantino, who dropped out of acting school and had no money to attend film school, honed his craft by working in a video rental store and watching loads of movies. During a master class at the Cannes Film Festival, the Pulp Fiction director humorously said trying to make a film with no money was the best film school to attend.

“When people ask me if I went to film school, I tell them, ‘No I went to films,’ when you have tunnel vision, when you have very limited interests, you know better, pick up a lot. I wasn’t interested in school…sports. I was only interested in movies.”

The cinematic genius who was born in March 1963 revealed that his teenage mother gave him the name “Quentin” from the character played by Burt Reynolds, in the western TV classic, Gunsmoke. Quentin said working at the Video Archives was fun, adding that every movie he watched was filed away in his head for future reference, every genre, scene, plot twist, actor, and director.


The Reservoir Dogs director said his first project was a terrible one, which made him focus on scriptwriting instead, churning out screenplays for True Romance and Natural Born Killers which turned out to be successful movies and made the 24-year-old quit working at the video store.

Tarantino was one on the rise and the connections he made from his screenplays allowed him to finance his directorial debut, Reservoir Dogs in 1992 and the eccentric violent-comedy, Pulp Fiction in 1994. Pulp Fiction was made with a budget of less than $10 million and has made more than $200 million since its release worldwide. Pulp Fiction was the movie that revived John Travolta’s dead career.

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