Quentin Tarantino scraps what was to be his final film, The Critic

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Quentin Tarantino is scrapping his 10th film, The Critic.
Quentin Tarantino is scrapping his 10th film, The Critic. Credit: Chris Pizzello/AP

Quentin Tarantino’s 10th and final film is no longer happening.

Tarantino had been deep in preparation for The Critic, but according to Deadline, he is scrapping the project. Apparently, he changed his mind.

The filmmaker was rumoured to have cast Brad Pitt in the movie and there were expectations Pitt would resurrect his character from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Cliff Booth.

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Tarantino had also previously said the title character was someone “who really lived but was never famous, and he used to write movie reviews for a porno rag”. Tarantino, famously a devotee of movies and pop culture, has said he used to read reviews in pornography magazines.

The Critic was to have been set in 1977 and had been, according to industry publications, rewritten at some point to incorporate Pitt’s Cliff Booth.

The Hollywood Reporter said Tarantino had planned to start shooting as early as August, but only for one day to take advantage of a lucrative tax credit but the bulk of the filming was to take place next year.

Lena Dunham, Margaret Qualley and Brad Pitt star in ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD
The Critic was rumoured to cast Brad Pitt to reprise his character from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Credit: ANDREW COOPER/COLUMBIA/ANDREW COOPER/COLUMBIA

The Critic had been slated as Tarantino’s final film. He had stated that he wants to make 10 movies and then go out on a high.

At the 2023 Cannes Film Festival, he had teased the project. He said at the time, “I can’t tell you guys until you see the movie. I’m tempted to do some of the character’s monologues right now, but I’m not going to. Maybe if there were less video cameras. You just have to wait and see.”

Tarantino’s most recent film was Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which was nominated for 10 Oscars, winning two, one for Pitt in supporting actor, and another for production design.

He followed that up with a novelisation of the film, and then another book on the films of the New Hollywood era. He also had a podcast with Roger Avary but it has not released any new episodes since June.

Tarantino had previously shelved The Hateful Eight after a copy of the top secret script made its way around Hollywood, but later returned to the project which ultimately starred Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Kurt Russell.

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