Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino recently spoke about his upcoming western ensemble piece “The Hateful Eight” at the American Film Market and revealed that he plans on retiring once he completes his tenth film. ‘Hateful’ is his eighth which means there may only be three more Tarantino-helmed films on the way.
This isn’t the first time he’s suggested this plan, he made comments two years ago which suggested the same thing. Here’s his recent comments (via Deadline):
“I don’t believe you should stay on stage until people are begging you to get off. I like the idea of leaving them wanting a bit more. I do think directing is a young man’s game and I like the idea of an umbilical cord connection from my first to my last movie.
I’m not trying to ridicule anyone who thinks differently, but I want to go out while I’m still hard… I like that I will leave a ten-film filmography, and so I’ve got two more to go after this. It’s not etched in stone, but that is the plan. If I get to the tenth, do a good job and don’t screw it up, well that sounds like a good way to end the old career.”
Of course, like other filmmakers and actors who’ve threatened “retirement”, it’s no guarantee he won’t come back. The filmmaker leaves the door open for that possibility:
“If, later on, I come across a good movie, I won’t not do it just because I said I wouldn’t. But ten and done, leaving them wanting more, that sounds right.”
He’s also intending to turn the upcoming “The Hateful Eight” into a big event due to the fact the film will be shot on 70mm. He also hopes the film will turn the tide on digital cinema:
“If we do our jobs right by making this film a 70 mm event, we will remind people why this is something you can’t see on television, and how this is an experience you can’t have when you watch movies in your apartment, your man cave or your iPhone or iPad.
You’ll see 24 frames per second play out, all these wonderfully painted pictures create the illusion of movement. I’m hoping it’s going to stop the momentum of the digital stuff, and that people will hopefully go, ‘Man, that is going to the movies, and that is worth saving and we need to see more of that. We’re not doing the usual 70 mm, where you shoot 35 mm and blow it up. We’re shooting 65 mm which, when you turn it into a print, is 70mm.
Panavision is not only behind this movie, they look at it as a legacy. They are inventing a lot of the stuff we need, and this is being supervised by my three-time Oscar winning cinematographer Bob Richardson, who’s back with me and after Kill Bill, Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained. I couldn’t do this if he wasn’t in my corner….We are literally coming out with the biggest wide screen movie shot in the last 40 years.”
One way he’s planning to make it an event is that he mentioned the possibility of a month-long release in only 70mm prints before the rolling out of 35 mm and digital formats. “The Hateful Eight” begins filming early next year for a late 2015 release.