Quentin Tarantino’s next two movies will definitely be his last, the maverick director told the audience at the Adobe Max conference in San Diego, confirming his intent to retire from filmmaking after his 10th feature.
“Drop the mic. Boom. Tell everybody, 'Match that shit,’” he proclaimed in his usual colorful manner, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The "Pulp Fiction" director, who made Samuel L. Jackson a star, revived the career of John Travolta and made “Royale with Cheese” a household phrase, also told the crowd he's working on historical nonfiction project.
“It could be a book, a documentary, a five-part podcast,” he said, explaining he's been studying 1970, which he considers the pivotal year in the history of cinema.
Tarantino then walked the audiences through his creative process, which unsurprisingly involves his record collection. "So much of [the movie's language] revolves around a sound or a song," he said. "Before I've started, I'm seriously thinking about the music. I'm listening to a track and picturing everyone at the Cannes Palais just loving it."
The director, who never went to film school but instead acquired his encyclopedic knowledge of cinema partly by working as a clerk in a video store, was honest when asked to define his legacy. "Hopefully, the way I define success when I finish my career is that I'm considered one of the greatest filmmakers that ever lived. And going further, a great artist, not just filmmaker," he proclaimed, much to the delight of the audience.
Tarantino, who has seen his share of successes and failures, has always maintained a maverick streak, and a love for traditional film technology.
His last movie, the Western “The Hateful Eight” was shot in Ultra Panavision 70, a process that hasn’t been used in decades. As a consequence, cinematographer Robert Richardson had to seek out a rare set of lenses that hadn’t been used since 1966’s “Khartoum,” and which had to be refurbished and adapted to modern cameras.
Panavision also developed larger film magazines, and Kodak produced longer 1,000-foot film rolls to allow Tarantino to shoot the extended dialogue sequences of “The Hateful Eight,” which earned nearly three times its $55 million budget.
Tarantino’s next film has yet to be announced, but it's said to be a “Bonnie-and-Clyde” style story set in 1930s Australia.