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Luc Besson claims he gave Quentin Tarantino idea to retire after 10 movies

staticwire | April 3, 2024
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Renowned filmmaker Luc Besson has made a bold claim that he was the inspiration behind Quentin Tarantino’s decision to retire after directing 10 movies. Tarantino, who has long expressed his desire to step away from filmmaking after his tenth project, is currently working on his final film titled “The Movie Critic.”

In a recent interview on “The Discourse Podcast,” Besson revealed that he had discussed the idea of retiring after 10 films with Tarantino many years ago. While Besson himself did not adhere to the plan and continued directing beyond his tenth movie, he believes that Tarantino took his concept as a guiding principle for his own career.

Besson explained that he came up with the idea of setting a limit of 10 films to ensure he stayed true to his artistic vision and avoided succumbing to the pressures of Hollywood. He noted that the industry often presented him with lucrative but creatively stifling projects, such as sequels and big-budget productions, which led him to establish a boundary for himself.

Despite his initial plan to retire after 10 films, Besson is currently working on a new project titled “Dracula: A Love Tale,” starring Christoph Waltz and Caleb Landry Jones. However, the director hinted that his own retirement might be on the horizon after completing three more films following “Dracula.”

Meanwhile, Quentin Tarantino’s final film, “The Movie Critic,” is set to be a departure from his previous works. The movie will be set in 1977 Southern California and focus on a cynical film reviewer who wrote for a pornographic magazine. Brad Pitt, who has collaborated with Tarantino on films like “Inglourious Basterds” and “Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood,” is reportedly in talks to star in the upcoming project.

With further details about “The Movie Critic” being kept under wraps, it remains to be seen what role Pitt will play in the film. However, given Tarantino’s track record of creating compelling and unique characters, the anticipation for his final film is undoubtedly high among fans and critics alike.

As the world eagerly awaits the release of “The Movie Critic” and Tarantino’s farewell to filmmaking, it seems that both Besson and Tarantino have found ways to navigate the complexities of the industry while staying true to their creative visions. Whether or not Tarantino will stick to his retirement plan after completing his tenth film remains to be seen, but for now, the countdown to his cinematic swan song continues.

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