Quentin Tarantino Plans Retirement After 10th Film, But What Does This Mean for 'Kill Bill Vol. 3'?

Honestly, I'm not sure whether or not to really take this proclamation seriously, but for the sake of reporting the announcement itself, here it is anyway: During a Q&A at an American Film Market event recently, Quentin Tarantino announced that he's planning retirement after his 10th film, because he wants to end his directorial career while he's still at the top of his game. In other words, if Tarantino is serious about what he's saying, his next film, The Hateful Eight, could be one of his last films ever.

His full statement, via Deadline :

I like the idea of leaving them wanting a bit more...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. 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.

As Uproxx points out, Tarantino has a history of saying something about not directing a film — The Hateful Eight, for example, which he proclaimed he would never direct after the script was leaked earlier this year — only to end up doing it anyway, so it's just as possible that he won't actually go through with this plan as it's possible that he will.

Additionally, Tarantino has long spoken about plans to revive the Kill Bill franchise and make a third film to round up the series as a trilogy — if he retires, how will that ever happen?! The Hateful Eight seems promising and like it's going to be an excellent film (the cast alone, with Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Dern, Demian Bichir, and Channing Tatum on board, is indicative of that), but nothing can replace Uma Thurman with a samurai sword. Nothing.

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