Quentin Tarantino: "I'm Probably Only Going to Make 10 Movies"

"The next thing I'd like to do is I actually want to do a theatrical adaptation of 'Hateful Eight' because I actually like the idea of other actors having a chance to play my characters and see what happens from that."

"Well I'm probably only going to make 10 movies, so I'm already planning on what I'm going to do after that," Quentin Tarantino tells The Hollywood Reporter during the Director Roundtable. "That's why I'm counting them. I have two more left. I want to stop at a certain point."

When pressed as to what he wants to do after he stops making film, Tarantino says, "What I want to do basically is I want to write novels and I want to write theater and I want to direct theater," prompting Ridley Scott to call that, "the same thing."

Tarantino has never directed or written theater, joking, "You've seen everything I've written," but he is excited about the creative opportunities before him in an unexplored medium. "I actually want to do a theatrical adaptation of Hateful Eight because I actually like the idea of other actors having a chance to play my characters and see what happens from that."

He credits his film Reservoir Dogs as being theatrical, saying it "could be put onstage and has been put onstage many times."

The Hateful Eight began as a staged reading before it was a film, and Tarantino said he was more confident with the work because of that approach. "I wouldn't be so confident with thinking about the idea of exhibition that early on if I weren't that confident with the material."

When it comes to regrets and mistakes, the director has little to none, noting a bad attitude as the only thing he would take back. "The only thing I actually really regret about my behavior when I'm making movies, especially when it's a long shoot, when it's gone on for a long time, you just get sick of it. You've had it. And that day I feel sorry for myself, and I'm a grumpy a-hole. And I really regret that."

The full Director Roundtable will air on Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter on Sunday, Jan 3, at 11 a.m. ET on Sundance TV.

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