Famed director Quentin Tarantino revealed plans this week to retire after his 10th film.
The 51-year-old film maker attended the American Film Market in Los Angeles to promote his upcoming western, The Hateful Eight, during which he talked about retirement.
“If I get to the tenth, do a good job and don’t screw it up, well that sounds like a good way to end the old career,” Tarantino said. “If, later on, I come across a good movie, I won’t not do it just because I said I wouldn’t. But ten and done, leaving them wanting more, that sounds right.
Tarantino’s directorial debut, Reservoir Dogs, hit theaters in 1992. He’s since helmed seven additional movies including the cult classic Pulp Fiction, the two-part Kill Bill series, and 2012’s Django Unchained.
“I don’t believe you should stay on stage until people are begging you to get off,” Tarantino said. “I like the idea of leaving them wanting a bit more. I do think directing is a young man’s game and I like the idea of an umbilical cord connection from my first to my last movie. I’m not trying to ridicule anyone who thinks differently, but I want to go out while I’m still hard… I like that I will leave a ten-film filmography, and so I’ve got two more to go after this.
“It’s not etched in stone, but that is the plan.”