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Quentin Tarantino’s ‘The Movie Critic’ Is No Longer in Development

“A Change of Heart” Has Redirected His Final Film’s Trajectory

Tarantino fans rejoiced at rumors of The Movie Critic being in development; however, akin to the contents of the briefcase in Pulp Fiction, the audience may never actually see it.

Deadline reports that Tarantino had a “change of heart” and no longer wanted to proceed with The Movie Critic as his tenth and final film.

A Cross Between Early Howard Stern and Travis Bickle

According to Screen Daily, the plot of The Movie Critic morphed into featuring someone akin to the late Pauline Kael, a film critic for the New Yorker for more than two decades. She caught Tarantino’s attention when he became a reader of a pornography magazine that she was a critic for. When describing the review style, he said they blended “early Howard Stern and what Travis Bickle [Robert DeNiro’s character in Taxi Driver] might be if he were a film critic.”

Screen Daily reports that in February, Brad Pitt had signed on to star with the lauded filmmaker, with whom he collaborated in the Oscar-nominated Inglourious Basterds (2009). Then, he teamed up again ten years later in Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood.

Screen Daily adds that the film would begin production in 2024 in California and was expected to garner 20.2 million from CA’s Film and TV Tax Credit Program 3.0.

Until 2023, Tarantino’s final Magnum opus went through multiple rewrites, which allegedly caused a delay in production. Finally, Tarantino has decided to throw in the towel or, depending on who you ask, a syringe filled with adrenaline and move on. However, this isn’t necessarily an ominous sign for Tarantino fans, as throughout his tenure as a filmmaker, he has had winning concepts that he later trashed, including an R-rated Star Trek and the long-hoped-for Kill Bill: Volume 3.

So, You’re Saying There’s a Chance?

For years, Tarantino has said he wanted to make ten films or retire by age 60. Now, at 60, his biological movie-making clock is up, but even though he’s getting rid of The Movie Critic, he’s allegedly pressing ahead with another project to be decided.

For those who fear this idea is dead in the water, remember that he discarded the concept for The Hateful Eight, which later reemerged with a vengeance.

While awaiting Tarantino’s following project announcement, watch Pulp Fiction, now streaming on HBO Max.

Pulp Fiction (1994) Official Miramax Trailer

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