In an interview on Tuesday's episode of the Pure Cinema Podcast with Elric Kane and Brian Saur, the esteemed director joked that he might quit while he's ahead and go out with a bang instead of with a whimper.
"Most directors have horrible last movies," Tarantino said. "Usually their worst movies are their last movies. That's the case for most of the Golden Age directors that ended up making their last movies in the late '60s and the '70s, then that ended up being the case for most of the New Hollywood directors who made their last movies in the late '80s and the '90s."
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He pointed to Bonnie & Clyde director Arthur Penn as a prime example.
"I'm not a super huge fan of this director, but the fact that Arthur Penn's last movie is Penn & Teller Get Killed is a metaphor for how crummy most of the New Hollywood directors' last, last films were," he said. "So to actually end your career on a decent movie is rare. To end it with, like, a good movie is kind of phenomenal."
Then Tarantino took a moment to look back at his own career. With 2019's Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood clocking in as No. 9 (he counts Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 as one film), that leaves just one movie left — his swan song.
"I mean, most directors' last films are fucking lousy," he said, before joking that perhaps he should just end with Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood.