It has long been a mantra of his, and this week filmmaker Quentin Tarantino once again reiterated his plans to quit directing after his tenth film. In fact, speaking at a talk at the Jerusalem Cinematheque, he seemed quite adamant about sticking to his plan – albeit with one tiny caveat:
“I’m planning on stopping at 10. So it’ll be two more. Even if at 75, if I have this other story to tell, it would still kind of work because that would make those 10. They would be there and that would be that. But the one he did when he was an old fucking man, that geriatric one exists completely on its own in the old folks’ home and is never put in the same shelf next to the other 10. So it doesn’t contaminate the other 10.”
Tarantino counts both Kill Bills as one movie, with his most recent “The Hateful Eight” being his eighth film. So what will his ninth film be? Tarantino hasn’t confirmed anything beyond one rough idea of a 1930s gangster movie set in Australia.
He also reflected back on his creations to date and says that Christoph Waltz’s Hans Landa, the scheming Nazi villain of “Inglourious Basterds,” is “the best character I’ve ever written and maybe the best I ever will write.” He goes on to explain:
“When I wrote the scene in the opening, in the farmhouse, I didn’t know yet that Colonel Landa was a linguistic genius, but during the course of writing the script, he became a linguistic genius. No matter what character came in the room, he could kick it to them in their language and speak it really well. He’s not shown doing it, but he’s probably one of the only Nazis in cinema history who could speak Yiddish, perfectly. The character was so vivid on the page. You bought everything he did on the page […] if you had to wait for an actor to learn (the) stuff, he would never be the Landa that was on the page. There’d be a hesitancy on the screen.”
Tarantino’s most recent film, “The Hateful Eight,” is now out on disc and VOD.