Quentin Tarantino attends the "Elemental" screening and closing ceremony red carpet during the 76th annual Cannes film festival at Palais des Festivals on May 27, 2023 in Cannes, France. Credit: Andreas Rentz / GETTY

Progress on Quentin Tarantino‘s final film ‘The Movie Critic’ has finally been given an update.

The director has previously expressed that he wants to “leave a 10-film filmography” – and now, he’s edging closer towards his goal according to a Production Weekly listing.

According to the listing, Tarantino is confirmed to start shooting ‘The Movie Critic’ in autumn this year.

He has previously revealed that ‘The Movie Critic’ is about a real-life film journalist for a “porno rag”, who he often read growing up. “He wrote about mainstream movies and he was the second-string critic,” Tarantino shared. “I think he was a very good critic. He was as cynical as hell. His reviews were a cross between early Howard Stern and what Travis Bickle might be if he were a film critic.”

Set in 1977 Southern California, Brad Pitt is currently in talks to star in the movie. It is believed Paul Walter Hauser was initially offered the lead role, prior to the SAG-AFTRA strikes, which halted development on the film.

Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino. CREDIT: Noam Galai/Getty Images

Tarantino’s retirement plans have prompted various responses from the film world. Director Christopher Nolan has characterised it as “very purist”, saying: “It’s addictive to tell stories in cinema. It’s a lot of hard work, but it’s very fun. It’s something you feel driven to do, and so it’s a little hard to imagine voluntarily stopping.”

He went on to explain how Quentin “very graciously” is “never specific about the films he’s talking about”, adding that he’s “looking at some of the work done by filmmakers in later years and feeling that if it can’t live up to the heyday, it would be better if it didn’t exist”.

Meanwhile Martin Scorsese shared his own thoughts, saying: “He’s a writer, it’s a different thing. I come up with stories. I get attracted to stories through other people. All different means, different ways. And so I think it’s a different process.”

He later added: “I’m curious about everything still, that’s one of the things. If I’m curious about something I think I’ll find a way. If I hold out and hold up, I’ll find a way to try to make something of it on film, but I have to be curious about the subject.

“My curiosity is still there. I couldn’t speak for Quentin Tarantino or others who are able to create this work in their world.”

In other news, French director Luc Besson has claimed he gave Quentin Tarantino the idea to retire after 10 movies.

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