We always know we have to wait between Quentin Tarantino movies as he considers ideas, noodles with scripts and figures out who he might call up to star.
Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, he might actually have landed on his next, potentially final movie.
Tarantino, as reported by the trade magazine, has written a script called ‘The Movie Critic’ and is aiming to start making it in the fall.
He isn’t letting slip as to what it’ll be about, but sources report that it’ll focus on a female lead character in 1970s Los Angeles.
While there is no confirmation on this front, THR is speculating that it could be inspired by Pauline Kael, one of the most famous writers in film criticism, who was also known for her essays and novels, not to mention the clashes she had with editors and filmmakers. She also had a brief stint as a consultant at Paramount in the 1970s, which is surely a rich potential source of drama.
What else do we know about the film?
Thus far, we know very little. At this early stage, Tarantino doesn’t have a deal at a studio for the movie, but he could well opt to return to Sony, for whom he made ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ and handed him an intriguing deal that means the rights to the movie eventually revert to the director.
We’d guess most studios would want to be in business with the filmmaker, especially if he goes through with his claim that he’ll only make 10 movies. The cachet of releasing Quentin Tarantino’s final movie is enticing –– and he also tends to attract big name actors, who go on to win awards, such as Brad Pitt with ‘Hollywood’.
Will this really be Quentin Tarantino’s final movie?
Besides the filmmaker himself, no-one really knows at this point. But he has spoken in the past about wanting to quit before getting stale and picked 10 films as a good number to have directed.
He said this to Playboy in 2012:
“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. I don’t want that bad, out-of-touch comedy in my filmography, the movie that makes people think, ‘Oh man, he still thinks it’s 20 years ago.’ When directors get out-of-date, it’s not pretty.”
‘The Movie Critic’ would represent his 10th movie as director, but anything could happen –– we’ve seen filmmakers say they’re retiring before, only to return (stand up, Steven Soderbergh), but with Tarantino it has always sounded more final.
And that’s not to say he won’t stop creating work –– he’s got plans for TV series and books even if he does lay down his movie megaphone.