Quentin Tarantino Cans 10th & Final Movie Project, ‘The Movie Critic’

DEATH PROOF, (Quentin Tarantino segment from GRINDHOUSE), director Quentin Tarantino (foreground), on set, 2007.
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Announcing a last and final movie project is a lot of pressure for a filmmaker. So it’s not too surprising that Quentin Tarantino has, at the last second, decided to drop the current film he’d planned to make as his final, The Movie Critic. Set to start production this year, with Brad Pitt already attached to the project, the film was supposed to be set in 1977 in California, following a movie reviewer who wrote for a porn magazine. Tarantino was inspired to write this story because of a job he had as a teen, loading porn magazines into a vending machine.

However, he has now changed his mind and dropped the project altogether. And can we blame him? How does one even follow up Inglourious Basterds?

INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, Michael Fassbender, 2009.

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Obviously, he has followed it up, with three other films in fact — Django Unchained, The Hateful Eight (which he also threatened to drop after the script was leaked, then did anyway) and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood  — but really, none of these have come close to being as memorable or well-done as the 2009 film about killing a bunch of Nazis, in my opinion. I may be biased, because much of my family died during the holocaust by said Nazis, but still. That is a perfectly made, epic piece of art.

Tarantino is one of the most renowned directors of the century and has always said that he would only make 10 films in his career (he counts Kill Bill and its sequel as one film). But perhaps he may change his mind about that too! He could probably make a movie about anything at this point and people will still fill the theaters to watch it. Stay tuned as we are sure he will have an announcement of its replacement down the road.