Quentin Tarantino has repeatedly stated that his tenth movie would be his very last. More recently, the US director of hit films including Kill Bill, Inglourious Basterds and Pulp Fiction revealed that he expects shooting to start later in the year.
“I have finished the script of what will end up being my last movie,” the 60-year-old said while being questioned by Thierry Fremaux, director of the Cannes Film Festival, at the launch of his new book in Paris.
“I imagine we’ll probably shoot it I guess in the fall,” Tarantino added.
After the highly anticipated movie was first announced via The Hollywood Reporter, rumours about it being specifically about renowned film critic Pauline Kael started spreading, with Cate Blanchett set to take on the role.
Though Tarantino has since denied that it was a biopic of Kael, adding that it won’t be devoted to any specific film critic, he has confirmed that the movie, called The Movie Critic, will be set in 70s Los Angeles. Here’s everything we know so far about what to expect from it.
On The Hot Mic podcast, Hollywood industry insider Jeff Sneider revealed that “there’ve been a lot of rumours that Margot Robbie would star… but the name I have heard—and this is thin—is Cate Blanchett.”
He added: “I’ve heard the role is similar to TÁR, and so it may not be for her,” in turn leaving us confused as to what to believe. Blanchett put aside, though no actors have been officially attached to the film, it’s hard to ignore Tarantino’s ultimate favourites, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz and Uma Thurman, who have all worked with the director more than once.
Although Tarantino hasn’t revealed much about the upcoming movie’s plot, during the Q&A event held in Paris, he confirmed that The Movie Critic will be set in 1977 specifically, a year that brought us Star Wars, Saturday Night Fever, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Around the same time, the movie industry saw the rise of filmmakers at the helm of the American New Wave, such as Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, and Dennis Hopper.
Sorry to disappoint, but here again, we can’t confirm anything just yet. At the moment, Tarantino is allegedly speaking with major studios in Hollywood. Sony Pictures distributed his last film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and as always, it was a big hit. If the director decides to go with them again, and if everything else goes according to plan, we might see The Movie Critic premiere at the 2024 Cannes Film Festival. Fingers crossed.