For some filmmakers – such as Steven Soderbergh (Ocean's Eleven) – 'retirement' is a flexible term that means taking some time off, working on other projects, then finally returning to the big screen. But Quentin Tarantino (The Hateful Eight), speaking at the Adobe Max creativity conference in San Diego recently, confirmed previous statements that he plans to retire from directing after 10 features.
"Drop the mic. Boom. Tell everybody, 'Match that shit,'" he said. "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." Well, at least he is modest in his ambitions. And from the sounds of it, he plans to keep working in other mediums.
By his own reckoning, Tarantino has two movies left to make. Currently, he has been researching the year 1970 for an unspecified historical nonfiction project, but does have potential plans for a new movie, a Bonnie and Clyde-style tale set in 1930s Australia.
Could he still come back if something interests him enough? Of course! This is filmmaking after all. But if he does decide to throw his megaphone in a pond, he will certainly be leaving quite the legacy.