Starting off as the bad boy of the independent cinema scene before rising to become one of the most original and compelling voices in modern cinema, filmmaker Quentin Tarantino is a pure original who needs no introduction. With an incredible list of credits that includes Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill, Inglorious Basterds, Django Unchained, The Hateful Eight and Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, his movies speak for themselves, and he has promised that his 10th picture will be his last, capping one of the all-time great filmmaking careers.
Much news and speculation have been made about what Tarantino’s plans are for his tenth and final film, but The Hollywood Reporter has now opened up with some details of the new project and it sounds like it will be a tantalizing feature that speaks to Tarantino’s true passion for the art of cinema.
Having recently turned in his script for The Movie Critic, this is the new project that Tarantino is set to roll into production later this year. Logline details are being kept in a suitcase, but sources describe the story as set in late 1970s Los Angeles with a female lead at its center. Tarantino has himself in many news pieces stated that his final film will be like an ‘epilogue’ for his career, and the title alone leads us to dream on what direction he might be taking the story.
While details are few on the project many are speculating that the film will either be about or inspired by, legendary film critic Pauline Kael. Regarded as one of the greatest-ever film critics, Kael was noted for her pugnacious fights with editors as well as filmmakers. In the late 1970s, Kael had a very brief tenure working as a consultant for Paramount, a position she accepted at the behest of actor Warren Beatty. The timing of that Paramount job seems to coincide with the setting of the script — and the filmmaker is known to have a deep respect for Kael, making the odds of her being the subject of the film more likely.
No casting details have emerged but it has long been known that Tarantino has wanted to work with Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence, and he also formed a tight bond with Margot Robbie following her work on Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, and both could be options if the lead character is set to be a younger woman. On the other hand, Tarantino could possibly be either looking to reunite with the former leading lady and muse Uma Thurman or Jennifer Jason Leigh. Where the casting leads to is anybody’s guess, but it’s more than likely that a handful of Tarantino’s regulars including Samuel L. Jackon, Kurt Russell, Christoph Waltz, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Bruce Dern may also end up with roles, but we’ll have to see where this goes to from here.
Bidding for the project is also opening up and there’s much speculation as to which studio will ultimately claim the project. Many believe that it will fall in line with Sony Pictures given Tarantino’s strong working relationship with Tom Rothman, but again it’s anyone’s guess as to who will hold the final rights. But one thing’s for sure this will be a cinematic spectacular and Tarantino will be going all out with this one.
We’re a while off from seeing The Movie Critic in cinemas but if this truly turns out to be Quentin Tarantino’s final project you can be sure that we’ll be there on opening day.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter