Acclaimed director Quentin Tarantino plans on retiring after his tenth film. The filmmaker has discussed the idea of retiring several times, and it seems that he has now put a firm film count on his decision to step away from the director’s chair.

At a recent conference to sell his next film, The Hateful Eight, to international buyers, Tarantino delivered an extended explanation as to why he may want to retire after ten pictures:

“I don’t believe you should stay on stage until people are begging you to get off. I like the idea of leaving them wanting a bit more. I do think directing is a young man’s game and I like the idea of an umbilical cord connection from my first to my last movie. I’m not trying to ridicule anyone who thinks differently, but I want to go out while I’m still hard…I like that I will leave a ten-film filmography, and so I’ve got two more to go after this. It’s not etched in stone, but that is the plan. If I get to the tenth, do a good job and don’t screw it up, well that sounds like a good way to end the old career. If, later on, I come across a good movie, I won’t not do it just because I said I wouldn’t. But ten and done, leaving them wanting more, that sounds right.”

Saying that he has two more to go after The Hateful Eight means that he counts Kill Bill, which was divided into two volumes for release, as a single film.

Tarantino started his directing career in 1992 with the small independent crime drama Reservoir Dogs, but made one of the biggest splashes in Hollywood history with Pulp Fiction in 1994. That film changed the landscape of Hollywood independent filmmaking and generated any number of imitators. The director would follow up Pulp Fiction with Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Volumes 1 and 2, Death Proof (which was one half of Grindhouse), Inglourious Basterds, and Django Unchained.

The Hateful Eight is in pre-production and will be hitting theaters some time in 2015.

As for the statement that Quentin Tarantino is retiring, he did seem to leave himself a little bit of a window to return.

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