Director Quentin Tarantino has long told anyone who will listen that he only plans to make 10 films before retiring from movie-making altogether. On Tuesday, he reaffirmed that plan much to the dismay of movie-goers everywhere, but still left the slightest bit of wiggle room for himself.
“I’m planning on stopping at 10. So it’ll be two more,” Tarantino told Variety. “Even if at 75, if I have this other story to tell, it would still kind of work because that would make those 10. They would be there and that would be that. But the one he did when he was an old f—ing man, that geriatric one exists completely on its own in the old folks’ home and is never put in the same shelf next to the other 10. So it doesn’t contaminate the other 10.”
Tarantino has always argued that filmmakers age poorly and their movies suffer as a result, which is why he placed this self-imposed 10-film limit on his career. However, the two-time Academy Award winner did reveal a special affection toward one of his characters in particular, which may keep the door slightly open.
“I didn’t know yet that Colonel Landa [Christoph Waltz in Inglorious Basterds] was a linguistic genius, but during the course of writing the script, he became a linguistic genius,” Tarantino said. “No matter what character came in the room, he could kick it to them in their language and speak it really well. He’s not shown doing it, but he’s probably one of the only Nazis in cinema history who could speak Yiddish perfectly. If Filipinos walked in the room, he’d be kicking it in Tagalog with them and not missing a click.”