Quentin Tarantino is about to put together his 10th film project, which the American director has long said will mark his final feature film.
The “Pulp Fiction” mastermind is preparing to invite multiple buyers to read his latest screenplay in the coming days, Variety reported citing a source familiar with the pending auction.
The new film, the existence of which was first reported by THR, is apparently called “The Movie Critic.” Other sources cautioned that was a working title and not final. The project has a female lead at the center, the report said, and could be based on the life of noted film critic Pauline Kael. Tarantino is planning to direct the new movie this fall, according to the report.
The Oscar winner is seeking a deal similar to the one he brokered for his last film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” the source added. This means a robust theatrical release commitment and ownership of the film’s copyright (in the case of Sony Pictures and “Once Upon a Time,” the deal said the movie copyright would revert to Tarantino after 20 years).
The script reading process feels similar to the extreme security measures taken around “Once Upon a Time,” where studio executives had to schlep to the office of Tarantino’s agent in Beverly Hills and read pages in a conference room. The protocols were put in place after a significant leak of Tarantino’s screenplay for the 2015 film “The Hateful Eight.”
The filmmaker has long maintained he had a finite number of movies in him, saying he wanted to direct 10 films or retire by the time he was 60. The writer-director has made nine (if you count the two Kill Bill movies as one) and turns 60 later this month.