Quentin Tarantino may be eyeing his final film, but also his first TV show.
The Oscar-winning “Pulp Fiction” auteur is confirmed to be helming an upcoming eight-episode limited series. Tarantino broke the news during his “Cinema Speculation” book tour in New York City while in discussion with Elvis Mitchell, whose documentary “Am I Black Enough For You?” premiered on Netflix earlier this year. Tarantino’s series will premiere in early 2023.
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Tarantino recently partnered with Netflix to release 2015 film “The Hateful Eight” in episodes. As for his forays into television, Tarantino previously was credited for “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” episodes based on his film with Robert Rodriguez. He also wrote and directed two episodes of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” in 2005, and helmed one episode of “E.R.” in 1995, as well as playing a character on a two-parter of “Alias.”
The “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” writer-director revealed that his long-rumored 10th and final film exists more in a grey area, with Tarantino posing the question: What is cinema if not in a movie theater? Tarantino voiced that a 30-day theatrical window before debuting on a streamer would “diminish [his] returns” on a feature film, hence the move to TV. However, Tarantino also implied that a streaming film would not really count as a final feature.
Tarantino announced in 2020 that he was looking to retire as a director and cap off film career at the number 10. The “Reservoir Dogs” writer-director teased a “mic drop” movie, with ideas ranging from “Kill Bill 3” to a Spaghetti Western and even a horror film.
Yet now Tarantino noted that his final movie will be wholly original, sharing that he once contemplated adapting Elmore Leonard’s “Stick” noir novel into a film but that will not be his “magnum opus.” Also, a completely new work for Tarantino’s tenth movie seemingly rules out the teased “Kill Bill 3.”
Tarantino has a two-book deal with HarperCollins, with the first, a Pauline Kael-inspired book of essays titled “Cinema Speculation,” now available. The “True Romance” screenwriter additionally wrote a play.
“I kind of feel this is the time for the third act [of my life] to just lean a little bit more into the literary, which would be good as a new father, as a new husband,” Tarantino said in 2020. “I wouldn’t be grabbing my family and yanking them to Germany or Sri Lanka or wherever the next story takes place. I can be a little bit more of a homebody, and become a little bit more of a man of letters.”