Quentin Tarantino has announced his next film project and it is being billed as his final movie. The project is titled The Movie Critic, he will direct from a script he wrote and he is going to start shooting it in the fall.
The story is set in the late 1970s in Los Angeles and it will center around a lead female character. There aren’t any official story details to share, but THR has an idea of what it might be about.
The report says that the story might focus on Pauline Kael, “one of the most influential movie critics of all time. Kael, who died in 2001, was not just a critic but also an essayist and novelist. She was known for her pugnacious fights with editors as well as filmmakers.”
The report goes on to explain that In the late 1970s, “Kael had a very brief tenure working as a consultant for Paramount, a position she accepted at the behest of actor Warren Beatty. The timing of that Paramount job seems to coincide with the setting of the script — and the filmmaker is known to have a deep respect for Kael, making the odds of her being the subject of the film more likely.”
While that is not confirmed, it could very well be what the story is based on. It would completely make sense if it is, and if it isn’t I’m sure we’ll find out soon enough.
The film is not set up at a studio yet, it could go out to studios or buyers as early as this week. Sony Pictures is considered the frontrunner and they previously distributed Tarantinio’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Tarantino has been saying for years that he would retire from making movies after his tenth film, and it looks like that time has come. It doesn’t mean he won’t stop creating with TV shows and books, but with films, he might actually say goodbye to making them.
Tarantino previously told Playboy back in 2012: “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. 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 When directors get out-of-date, it’s not pretty.”
He also said: “I’m planning on stopping at 10 … 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.”
So, what are you thoughts on Tarantino looking to end his feature film directing career with The Movie Critic?