Quentin Tarantino hasn't shown any signs of declining. Anticipation is already at 100 for his eight film, Hateful Eight, which has a cast but still no official start date for production. We'll eat up every bit of news ahead of the film's release, and when it comes out we'll buy tickets like crazy. There's no reason for us to expect Tarantino to slow down, but he says he's close to doing so anyway.
At the American Film Market Tarintino said he's planning on retiring following his tenth film. He wants to go out on top, and the sooner he retires the less he has to worry about dropping a stinker.
"I don’t believe you should stay on stage until people are begging you to get off," Tarantino said. "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."
That said, Tarantino isn't ruling out coming back like Jordan wearing the 45.
"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. 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."
The thought of only three more Tarantino films, including Hateful Eight, is frightening. He certainly doesn't owe us more—he's been entertaining us for years now—but his absence would create a void in Hollywood impossible to fill. If he continues programming at the New Beverly Cinema that would help console us, at least.
We don't know what we'd do if he gave up that gig, too. Those two blows would hit our hearts like this: