Quentin Tarantino, lover of Samuel L. Jackson and excessive blood splatter, has claimed that he’ll only direct ten films before retiring. This might seem crazy, but let’s remember this is Tarantino we’re talking about here. During the press tour for his latest flick, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, the legendary director has hinted that a horror movie could be in store for his tenth and final project.
The Independent reports that in a press junket for the new film, which stars Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, Tarantino said: “If I come up with a terrific horror film story, I will do that as my tenth movie. I love horror movies. I would love to do a horror film.” The genre would be a logical direction, given the amount of murder and bloodshed in Tarantino’s portfolio already. No spoilers, but Once Upon a Time in Hollywood featured a particularly gruesome (but somehow humorous, a la Tarantino’s signature style) scene involving the Manson Family murders.
Fandango reported that Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was the highest pre-seller of any Tarantino film, and raked in $41 million on opening weekend.
Amidst the speculation, many are even wondering if Tarantino will stick to his 10-film plan. He’s already mentioned a potential “loop-hole” if he were to direct the next Star Trek movie, and he just doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. However, the idea of Tarantino taking on that Trek movie is mostly unofficial; he’s had conversations with J.J. Abrams and mentioned it in interviews, but it is by no means an inked deal. (Plus, the rights to Star Trek movies are wrapped up in a complicated split between Viacom and CBS, which may be re-merged in the coming months.)
The bottom line is, why is everyone assuming that the hypothetical Tarantino “terrific horror film” couldn’t also be a Star Trek movie? Now that would be boldly going.