Quentin Tarantino Rumored to Release Final Movie, ‘The Movie Critic’
The Oscar winner is said to begin production on his last feature film in the fall of 2023.
Quentin Tarantino has found the perfect farewell to Hollywood.
The author of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is rumored to be announcing his final film, “The Movie Critic.” The Hollywood Reporter. According to THR sources, Tarantino will direct the feature film in the fall of 2023, but is still shopping the script to a studio home.
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Although the logic is still under wraps, “The Movie Critic” is expected to be set in late 1970s Los Angeles with a female lead. THR reported that Tarantino used famed film critic Pauline Kael as inspiration for the film. Kael briefly served as a consultant to Paramount in the late 1970s and worked closely with Warren Beatty — his support of “Bonnie & Clyde,” when some older critics like Bosley Crowther hated it, helped launch the idea of New Hollywood.
Tarantino has long expressed his admiration for Kael, and even published a book of Kael-inspired essays titled “Cinematic Speculation” as part of a two-book deal with HarperCollins. The “True Romance” screenwriter has also penned a play and is in the works for a limited series with streamer, rumored to be Netflix.
The “Pulp Fiction” Oscar winner announced in 2012 that he would stop acting after 10 films and retire by age 60. Tarantino’s 60th birthday is in 2023 and he has directed nine films so far, including both halves of “Kill Bill” as one film.
“I want to stop at a certain point. Directors don’t get better as they get older. Usually the worst films in a filmography are the last four films at the end. I’m just talking about my filmography, and one bad movie ruins three good ones,” Tarantino told Playboy in 2012. Entertainment Weekly). “I don’t want my filmography to have this bad, out-of-place comedy, the movie that makes people go, ‘Oh man, you still think it happened 20 years ago.’ When directors become obsolete, it’s not nice.”
In 2020, he reiterated his sentiment that he would like to retire as a director and end his film career at No. 10. The ‘Reservoir Dogs’ writer-director teased a ‘mic drop’ film with ideas from ‘Kill Bill 3’. for a spaghetti western and even a horror movie.
In November 2022, Tarantino shared that his final film would be a “completely original” screenplay, adding that he had once considered adapting Elmore Leonard’s noir novel “Stick” for film, but that it would not be his “magnum opus”.
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