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Quentin Tarantino clarifies retirement plans at Comic-Con 2015

Quentin Tarantino directs Inglourious Basterds

Story by Jack Foley

QUENTIN Tarantino has clarified previous comments he has made about retiring after making 10 movies when he appeared at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend.

The Pulp Fiction luminary said that he had many more years in him yet, pointing out that he usually makes three films a decade. His latest, The Hateful Eight, is his second in his decade, following Django Unchained, which leaves room for another.

But he added, more promisingly: “It’s still another decade after.”

However, as if to keep the carrot dangling for fans, he went on to hedge his bets by saying that his future may not lie exclusively in film.

“Maybe there are 10 movies, but [also] three mini-series for television,” he continued. “My scripts get cut down anyway. If I wrote a script and it’s eight hours, then we’ll be all good.”

Tarantino also lamented the decline of shooting on traditional film and defended his own decision to continue using decades-old lenses.

“We’ve ceded too much to the barbarians,” he said. “I didn’t work 20 years to see diminishing returns. That’s not the movie industry I signed up for.”

He said that he had decided to shoot The Hateful Eight on 70mm because if it was filmed that way, “then they [cinema owners] have to show it in 70mm”.

Keeping on the subject of The Hateful Eight, his second Western, he confirmed – to the delight of many assembled in the hall – that veteran composer Ennio Morricone, whose work includes classic Spaghetti westerns The Good, The Bad & The Ugly and Once Upon A Time In The West – was composing the score for Eight.

That means that Eight will become the first Tarantino movie to have a score and not use source music, as well as Morricone’s first Western music in over 40 years.

On a final note from Tarantino at Comic-Con, the director revealed that his favourite scene he ever wrote was the farm scene from Inglourious Basterds, closely followed by the Sicilian speech from True Romance, his first script.

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