Quentin Tarantino on Retiring From Directing Movies: 'Maybe I'll Stop While I'm Ahead'

The director is almost ready to wrap it up.

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Quentin Tarantino thinks he's nearing the end of his directorial career. In an interview with GQ, he said that he believes he'll stick to his famous 10 movies edict, making Once Upon A Time in Hollywood his penultimate movie. 

"I think when it comes to theatrical movies, I’ve come to the end of the road,” he said. “I see myself writing books and starting to write theatre, so I’ll still be creative. I just think I’ve given all I have to give to movies.”

If he's telling the truth, Hollywood seems like an appropriate climax. The film is a love letter to the Hollywood that he's woven through all of his movies and a tribute to his own cinematic knowledge.

“I’ve kind of spent my whole life researching it,” he said of the critically lauded film. “I’ve spent my whole life knowing this world. So now I can finally do something with everything that I’ve been filling my brain with for the last 56 years.”

For his part, Brad Pitt believes Quentin is telling the truth. The star of the possibly second-to-last Tarantino flick said that he doesn't think the director will budge, but noted that he has a lot of time to make that final movie.

“No, I don’t think he’s bluffing at all,” Pitt said, also to GQ. “I think he’s dead serious. And I kind of openly lament that to him, but he understands the math of when he feels like directors start falling off their game. But he has other plans and we’re not going to have to say goodbye for a long time.”

If Tarantino's intention for the 10 Movies rule is to leave before overstaying his welcome, he might consider dipping out at 9. GQ asked him whether or not the reaction to his latest movie could possibly sway him to retire early. 

"If it’s really well received, maybe I won’t go to 10," he accepted. "Maybe I’ll stop right now! Maybe I’ll stop while I’m ahead. We’ll see.”

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