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Tarantino announces retirement plan

Quentin Tarantino has revealed he plans to retire after finishing his latest film The Hateful Eight.

The 51-year-old award-winning and cult film director - whose work includes Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs and Kill Bill - revealed during a question and answer session at the American Film Market event in California that he intends this movie to be his last.

According to Deadline, Tarantino revealed: "I don't believe you should stay on stage until people are begging you to get off.

"I like the idea of leaving them wanting a bit more. I do think directing is a young man's game, and I like the idea of an umbilical cord connection from my first to my last movie. I'm not trying to ridicule anyone who thinks differently, but I want to go out while I'm still hard.

"I like that I will leave a 10-film filmography... It's not etched in stone, but that is the plan. If I get to the 10th, do a good job and don't screw it up, well that sounds like a good way to end the old career. If, later on, I come across a good movie, I won't not do it just because I said I wouldn't. But 10 and done, leaving them wanting more - that sounds right."

Even the cast of his new Western, The Hateful Eight - which is yet to begin shooting - were shocked.

Kurt Russell exclaimed: "You don't actually believe that s***, do you?"

Samuel L Jackson, who has worked with Tarantino multiple times, said: "What's Quentin going to do with himself if he's not doing this?"

Tarantino said his days would consist of "writing plays and books, going gracefully into my tender years."

His first film as a director was Reservoir Dogs in 1992. His ninth was Western Django Unchained which won a string of awards in 2013.

Tarantino had scrapped plans for The Hateful Eight after details were leaked, but is now due to begin shooting in January and is set to become the largest 70mm release in 20 years, as Tarantino does not like digital filmmaking.

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