Quentin Tarantino’s latest film arrives as the filmmaker prepares ‘The Movie Critic’ (exclusive)

Quentin Tarantino returns for the last time.

The filmmaker behind some of the most indelible films of the last three decades, pulp fiction and once upon a time in hollywood between them, he’s putting together what sources say is billed as his final film.

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the film critic is the name of the script Tarantino wrote and is preparing to direct this fall, according to sources.

Details of the logline are kept in a suitcase, but sources describe the story as being set in late 1970s Los Angeles with a female lead at the center.

The story may center on Pauline Kael, one of the most influential film critics of all time. Kael, who died in 2001, was not only a critic but also an essayist and novelist. She was known for her bellicose fights with editors and filmmakers. In the late 1970s, Kael worked for a very brief period 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.

The project does not have a studio house; it could be out to studios or buyers as soon as this week, according to sources. A favorite might be Sony, where Tarantino has a close relationship with Tom Rothman. Sony distributed once upon a time in hollywoodthe filmmaker’s oeuvre in 2019 to 1960s filmmaking and also gave him a unique deal where the copyright reverts to him over time. hollywood it also won two Oscars after garnering 10 nominations and grossed over $377 million worldwide.

Tarantino has mastered the ability to attract the most coveted actors for two decades, working with Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt twice each. He directed Christoph Waltz to two Oscars. Samuel L. Jackson is a frequent contributor. If this is really his last movie, he won’t be short of actors who will drop everything to line up for roles.

The filmmaker has long maintained that he had a finite number of movies in him, saying he wanted to direct 10 movies or retire when he was 60. The writer-director has done nine (if you count both). kill bill movies as one) and turns 60 later this month.

He has also embraced the philosophy that directors lose touch as they age. In 2012, he said Playboy, “I want to stop at a certain point. Directors don’t get better as they get older. Usually the worst movies in his filmography are the last four at the end. I’m all about my filmography, and one bad movie fucks up three good ones. I don’t want that bad, out-of-place comedy in my filmography, the movie that makes people think, ‘Oh man, he still thinks it was 20 years ago.’ When directors become stale, it’s not pretty.”

Tarantino is one of Hollywood’s most celebrated auteurs, obsessed with film history and throwaway genres that tended to operate on the fringes of the industry, like spaghetti westerns, blaxploitation and chopsocky. But his elevated, modern take on those genres has earned him two Oscars for best writing (for pulp fiction and django unchained), three Best Director nominations and one Best Picture nomination.

Although he plans to retire from film, he has expressed interest in other creative outlets, noting in interviews that he might direct limited series or plays. In 2021, he published his first novel, a novelization of once upon a time in hollywood.

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