Quentin Tarantino did everything he could to make sure people knew The Hateful Eight was his eighth movie. It’s right there in the title, next to the emblazoned line calling it “the eighth film by Quentin Tarantino.” The number is important, because Tarantino apparently only wants to make 10 of them. Last year, he told EW, “I think there’s something really vital and exciting about thinking: I only have two movies left.” Tarantino shared that sentiment again during his recent remarks at the Jerusalem Film Festival.
“I’m planning on stopping at 10. So it’ll be two more,” Tarantino said. “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.”
This statement is interesting, not only because it confirms that Tarantino wants to stop at 10 but also because it shows he knows he might not be able to stop himself from making more down the road. It’s just that the first 10, apparently, would be the real Tarantino canon, and the others wouldn’t count. Self-imposed retirements typically don’t last (just ask Jay Z’s Black Album), but Tarantino is adding an additional rubric on top of that. So who knows, really, but at the very least, Tarantino fans probably shouldn’t expect more than 10 films. Then the “geriatric ones” can be pleasant surprises.