Quentin Tarantino has eight down and two to go — and yes, he means it.
Speaking at the Adobe Max conference in San Diego on Thursday, the writer-director of Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, and Django Unchained reiterated that he intends to make only two more feature films. After that, he said he’ll “drop the mic. Boom. Tell everybody, ‘Match that s-‑‑.’”
Tarantino, 53, has been warning cinephiles for a while now that he plans to hang it up after 10 films. (He counts the two-part Kill Bill saga as one movie.) Last year, for example, he told EW, “I think there’s something really vital and exciting about thinking: I only have two movies left.”
And he shared the sentiment again at the Jerusalem Film Festival in July, though he did give himself an out in case he decides to make another movie when he’s “an old f‑‑‑ing man.”
Back at the conference, Tarantino revealed that he’s currently working on a non-movie project — potentially a book, documentary, or podcast — exploring the year in cinema of 1970. “I’m still figuring it out,” he said.
He was also asked about what success means to him.
“Hopefully, the way I define success is when I’m finished with the career, I’m considered one of the greatest filmmakers who ever lived,” Tarantino said. “That would be successful. And then to go further than that, I would be considered a great artist and not just a film director.”
Watch Tarantino’s full remarks on the Adobe Max website. His appearance begins about 1 hour and 24 minutes into the keynote.