Quentin Tarantino Has Reportedly Finished His Last Film Script

In three decades and just nine films, Quentin Tarantino has just about done it all. From crime thrillers to spaghetti westerns, blaxploitation to history revisionism, the director has a lot under his belt. And he reportedly has finished the script for what is said to be his final film.

According to The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday, Tarantino is working on his 10th — and possibly final — film. Per THR sources, the script is titled “The Movie Critic,” with Tarantino planning to start shooting the movie in the fall.

While not much is known about the film at this time, sources told the outlet that the film takes place in 1970s Los Angeles and centers around a female lead.

“The Movie Critic” could potentially be about Pauline Kael, a highly influential film critic. Kael wrote groundbreaking reviews of films like “The Godfather” and “Bonnie and Clyde.” Kael is known for her strong opinions and her tenacity.

Kael worked at Paramount Pictures as a consultant for a few months in the late 1970s, a job offered to her by star actor and director Warren Beatty. Beatty was in “Bonnie and Clyde,” and the film’s widespread success can be credited to Kael’s positive review of the movie, when others condemned it for its violence.

Tarantino has praised Kael in the past, and the late critic was the inspiration behind his book of essays titled “Cinematic Speculation,” per Indiewire. This, in combination with the particular period Kae worked at Paramount, suggests that “The Movie Critic” could focus on Kael, who passed away in 2001.

There’s no studio attached to the film yet, but it’s possible that Tarantino will partner with Sony again, which produced his latest movie “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood.”

Tarantino, 59, has previously expressed that wants to retire after directing 10 movies or before he turns 60. (The filmmaker will celebrate his 60th birthday later this month.)

In an interview with Playboy back in 2012, per THR, Tarantino said, “I want to stop at a certain point. Directors don’t get better as they get older. Usually the worst films in their filmography are those last four at the end.”

“I am all about my filmography, and one bad film f—s up three good ones,” he added. “I don’t want that bad, out-of-touch comedy in my filmography, the movie that makes people think, ‘Oh man, he still thinks it’s 20 years ago.’ When directors get out-of-date, it’s not pretty.”

Some fans and critics are skeptical if he will stick to his plans to retire from filmmaking, or if he will keep creating movies under a stipulation. Tarantino also has pursued other creative paths. He currently has a podcast called “The Video Archives” and two books, “Cinema Speculation” and a novelization of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

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