Several years back, filmmaker Quentin Tarantino seemed to put an expiration date on his own career. Speaking with virtually every outlet you could think of, he stated repeatedly that directing was a young man’s game, and that he planned at stopping at 10 films. He didn’t completely affirm he was dead-set on sticking to it — if something struck him, he’d be open to making another — but on principle, he’s been pretty consistent at wanting to stop at 10.
Luckily for us, that’s not to say that Tarantino plans on dropping off the face of the Earth. He’s mentioned writing novels, film critique, TV, and various other creative avenues as other options for his later career. In theory, he still has another two films to make before he retires to one of those vocations, but with his next project, he may be dabbling in other media for the first time.
Speaking at the Lumiére Festival (via Deadline), Tarantino discussed the research he’s been doing for the past four years or so for a 1970s-base project, and how influential that era was to American and international film. From the sound of it, it doesn’t seem like it’s going to be an actual movie, but something more along the lines of what I believe his post-film career will consist of.
“Am I going to write a book? Maybe. Is it going to be a six-part podcast? Maybe. A feature documentary? Maybe. I’m figuring it out,” he said.
If you’re wondering why Tarantino chose that specific era as one worth exploring, he went on to say that:
“…by the end of 1967, new Hollywood had won, only they didn’t know it yet. And Old Hollywood was over by 67 even though they didn’t know it yet.
…anything that even smacked of Old Hollywood was dead on arrival.”
Indeed the 1970s are an era known for its pessimism in film — a dark and dreary period so pervasive that when Star Wars: A New Hope came out in 1977 it was a breath of fresh air. I’d definitely be interested to get Tarantino’s own perspective on this, be it in book, podcast, or documentary form.
What do you think? Is this something you’d be interested in? If so, which medium would you prefer? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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