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Quentin Tarantino’s ‘The Movie Critic’ Canceled… What’s Next?

Always wanting to make 10 films throughout his entire career, Quentin Tarantino has canceled his final film The Movie Critic 13 months after announcing it.

Quentin Tarantino's 'The Movie Critic' Canceled And What's Next
Quentin Tarantino / Image Courtesy of Andreas Rentz via Getty Images

Quentin Tarantino has been known as a hip-hop styled filmmaker who takes small fragments from thousands of films whilst adding his own “Tarantino-esque” dialogue.

On March 14th, 2023, Tarantino announced The Movie Critic, which would be his tenth and final film in his career as a result of his obsession with legacy and not wanting his movies to degrade in quality as he aged.

The film was going to be set in 1977 California about a man “who really lived, but was never really famous, and he used to write movie reviews for a porno rag.” Furthermore, Tarantino commented on it at Cannes Film Festival 2023, comparing the main character to Travis Bickle from Taxi Driver if he were a film critic. Tarantino also did recall reading this man’s movie page magazine as a teenager.

Quentin Tarantino's 'The Movie Critic' Canceled And What's Next
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood / Image Courtesy of Sony Pictures

Brad Pitt was set to star in the film with Tom Cruise also rumoured for a role. Unfortunately after the film was dropped by Tarantino, It was revealed that the film eventually morphed into another film starring Brad Pitt reprising his role as Cliff Booth, his character from Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood.

This seemingly rewritten version of The Movie Critic would serve as a spiritual successor to the first film; it is unknown whether it would have been a prequel or a sequel set in the 1970s. But Tarantino found it the best choice a few weeks ago to completely move away from the film.

It’s currently unknown what Tarantino’s tenth and final film will actually be, and what will happen to the script of The Movie Critic. Regarding the first statement, Vivica A. Fox, who played Vernita Green in Kill Bill Vol. 1, says she heard Tarantino and Uma Thurman had been talking for a possible threequel of the Kill Bill movies. Fox also suggested Zendaya to play her daughter in the hypothetical film, where she would avenge her and try to kill Uma Thurman’s character.

It’s very possible as well that the script for The Movie Critic could be turned into a novel just like how he has written a novelization of Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood or pull a reverse-The Hateful Eight where he turned the novel into a screenplay.

Quentin Tarantino's 'The Movie Critic' Canceled And What's Next
Quentin Tarantino and Leonardo DiCaprio on the set of Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood / Image Courtesy of Sony Pictures

The announcement regarding what will truly be Quentin Tarantino’s final film and who will be starring in it now is not expected anytime soon, and it will be far away till we know any information. But hopefully whatever Tarantino decides to make will be as bloody-brilliant and creative as the rest of his previous films.

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