For some filmmakers – cough StevenSoderbergh cough – "retirement" is a flexible term that means taking some time, off, working on other projects, then returning to the big screen. But Quentin Tarantino, speaking at the Adobe Max creativity conference in San Diego, confirmed previous statements that he plans to stop at 10 films.
"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's 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's 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 Austria.
Could he still come back if something interests him enough? Of course! This is filmmaking, not Logan's Run. But if he does decide to throw his megaphone in a pond, he'll be leaving quite the legacy.