Quentin Tarantino reveals why he's quitting film directing
Quentin Tarantino is the kind of filmmaker we thought would never ever want to stop making films. We thought he'd be giving fans a couple of hours of blood fountains and obscure references every couple of years for, well, forever.
But it turns out that he is in fact thinking of hanging up his clapperboard and moving on, as he revealed to Australian GQ.
"I think when it comes to theatrical movies," he said, "I’ve come to the end of the road.
"I see myself writing film 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."
Brad Pitt, star of Inglourious Basterdsand the upcoming Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, added: "I don’t think he’s bluffing at all. 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."
As well as Hollywood, Tarantino has an R-rated Star Trek movie in the pipeline, which would be the first time he's directed a big established franchise movie.
That's an interesting, if risky, way to bow out, especially when Hollywood feels like the most 'Tarantino' movie ever and perhaps a more apt send-off.
And it seems he kind of agrees, stating: "If it’s really well received, maybe I won’t go to 10. Maybe I’ll stop right now! Maybe I’ll stop while I’m ahead. We’ll see."
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will be released on July 26 in the US and a few weeks later in the UK on August 14.