Director Quentin Tarantino has long said he would retire after making 10 feature films and although the math is fuzzy, Star Trek would be No. 10.
Director Quentin Tarantino has never made it much of a secret that he planned to retire from filmmaking once he made his tenth feature film. And while 10 seems kind of an arbitrary number of movies to make, every time a new Tarantino films is released, the talk of his impending retirement surfaces once again.
With Tarantino’s latest project, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood set to arrive in cineplexes later this month, the retirement talk has kicked up a notch since the director is billing this film as his ninth.
Now it should be noted that depending on how you do the math, Tarantino has already directed 10 movies. The only way the numbers work is if you count Kill Bill as a single movie (which is really is) and don’t count Death Proof, which is part of the Grindhouse double feature he did with Robert Rodriguez.
Regardless, Tarantino is again talking about how he only wants to direct 10 films and in a bit of irony, that would mean that Star Trek would in fact be the tenth and therefore final film of his career.
Unless it’s not.
CinemaBlend recently sat down with the iconic director and mentioned that if he sticks to his plan, Star Trek would be the end of an illustrious career. Tarantino said that while part of him thinks he should keep to his plan, he might give himself an out.
"“I guess I do have a loophole, [if] the idea was to throw a loophole into it. Which would be [to go], ‘Uhhh, I guess Star Trek doesn’t count. I can do Star Trek … but naturally I would end on an original.’ But the idea of doing 10 isn’t to come up with a loophole. I actually think, if I was going to do Star Trek, I should commit to it. It’s my last movie. There should be nothing left handed about it. I don’t know if I’m going to do that, but that might happen.”"
Now, I think I speak for movies fans everywhere when I say that more Tarantino films would be a very good thing. Let him have his “Star Trek Loophole” and then go and make one more film. Becasue while I love the thought of Tarantino writing and directing an entry in the Star Trek franchise, I would much rather see his final project be one that he has complete control over. Maybe something that could tie all his movies together into a single, Tarantino Cinematic Universe.
In any event, it sure sounds more and more like Star Trek is going to happen. Which is great news for Trekkers everywhere. Tarantino’s latest film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood opens in theaters everywhere on July 26.