Tarantino Talks Retirement, Novel and HBO Miniseries?
Quentin Tarantino is serious about this retirement business. The ‘Django Unchained‘ director hinted that he might only have a few movies left in him and he’s not just talking to hear himself talk. In a new interview, Tarantino insists he’s almost ready to hang it up and talks about plans he has for the future.
As part of their “Director Roundtable” interview, The Hollywood Reporter spoke with Tarantino, Ben Affleck, Gus Van Sant, David O. Russell, Ang Lee and Tom Hooper. It’s a fascinating discussion for sure, but the most interesting comments came from Tarantino who said, unprompted, “I don’t intend to be a director deep into my old age.”
So what has Tarantino ready to hang it up? He says that 2007’s ‘Death Proof’ is the “worst movie” he’s ever made and that he doesn’t want to make anything worse than that. “If that’s the worst I ever get, I’m good,” he says.
But it’s not just that. Tarantino adds, “Part of the reason I’m feeling this way is, I can’t stand all this digital stuff. This is not what I signed up for.” He goes on to describe the state of film as “television in public,” which leads to a quick discussion of what he might do once he retires.
I’d rather just write one of my big scripts and do it as a miniseries for HBO, and then I don’t have the time pressure that I’m always under, and I get to actually use all the script. So if I’m gonna do another big epic thing again, it’ll probably be like a six-hour miniseries or something.
He also goes on to mention that he’ll likely continue to write, which could include “novels…film literature and film books and subtextual film criticism, things like that.”
First off, can you imagine a six-hour Tarantino miniseries on HBO? The mind boggles. (Hopefully someone at HBO is reading this and starts saving their money now to make the hard sell to Tarantino.) And even if that never pans out, film fans have to be drooling at the thought of Quentin writing film criticism on a consistent basis.
What do you think? Are you upset about Tarantino retiring from film or are you just as exciting for his new ventures?