The cast of Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight were on red carpet duty for the movie's premiere recently, then joined their director on Jimmy Kimmel's couch for a group interview to promote the eagerly-awaited western. This movie is the latest offering from the eccentric filmmaker - who, as ever, was willing to discuss his egregious attitude towards the art of directing and his reasons for defining an end point on his own career, while talking to Kimmel.
Hateful Eight, coincidentally, is Tarantino's eighth feature film of an impressive rune that he himself has placed a seemingly arbitrary cap on. The filmmaker has famously stated that he only intends to complete ten films total within his career -meaning the end game is alarmingly near for avid Tarantino fans. This increasingly relevant topic was something Kimmel was keen to broach with him, and you can check out his response in the clip above.
Tarantino's unique and recognizable style quickly made him a household name, a film student favorite and a standard for debate regarding extremes and controversy in modern cinema. This auteurist style was born from a fanatic love of film that adds layers of influence to his signature. This commitment to the homage of classic movements in cinema is genius manipulation of pop culture, isolating a chosen genre's intangible 'coolness', taking this element to the extreme with each offering and in doing so making it tangible and his own. The movies share his celebrated, idiosyncratic dialogue, indulgent and iconic characterization and a casual use of gratuitous violence that is performed with lashings of humor and gore that elevates it with facetious wit.
Hateful Eight is a western inspired by mid season episodes of classic TV westerns that would use a dialogue heavy story line and limited setting as a device to provide developmental back story to their characters. This movie is Tarantino's second foray into the western genre following Django Unchained in 2012 and stars Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Matthew Marsden, Tim Roth, Walton Goggins, Demián Bichir, and Bruce Dern. The movie has been filmed in traditional 70mm with some cinema's indulging this homage by providing audiences with a “roadshow” viewing experience.
In this interview, Tarantino cited quality as his reason for aiming for a career arc of ten movies. His theory being that directors without this limit do not view each of their films as such an important opportunity to create something magnificent to represent them.
“If I only think that I only have two movies, well, that keeps it at the tip of the spear, if you know what I mean........ That means those ones better be good and I better mean everything about them.”
Although confirming he is still aiming for ten, he also joked that it could take him years to complete this goal and the film maker is notoriously fickle. He had virtually written off making The Hateful Eight after a script leak derailed his passion for the project.
If Tarantino has two more movies in mind to top off his career, after his recent comments regarding the possibility of Kill Bill 3, many fans will be hoping that the return of Beatrix Kiddo and co will be one of them. He has also toyed with the idea of making an interpretation of a sci-fi genre movie in the past which would certainly be a blow-your-brains-out finale to his career to date.
Before fans become too nervous, this concept of only two more Tarantino movies may not signify his retirement. After all, the film maker has recently stated a desire to create a TV mini-series adaptation of Elmore Leonard's novel 40 Lashes Less One. Could branching away from feature film be the future for the filmmaker?
The Hateful Eight opens in U.S. theaters equipped with 70mm capabilities on December 25th, 2015. It goes into a wide theatrical release on January 8th, 2016.
Source: Jimmy Kimmel Live