Brad Pitt will work with Quentin Tarantino for the director’s tenth and apparently final film, The Movie Critic. The stage of the agreement is not clear, Variety writes, News.ro reports.
Tarantino hasn’t revealed much about “The Movie Critic,” but it seems the action will take place in Southern California in the 1970s and will center on a cynical film critic. It is rumored to have been inspired by the life of Pauline Kael, the late New Yorker writer who was one of the most influential film critics of her time.
Tarantino dodged questions about “The Movie Critic” during a conversation at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival: “I can’t tell you anything 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 fewer video cameras. You just have to wait and see.”
Pitt will shoot a feature film about Formula 1 racing this year in “Top Gun: Maverick,” directed by Joseph Kosinski. In that film, an Apple production, he will play the role of a veteran driver who comes out of retirement to compete alongside a rookie driver and the titans of the sport. So, if talks for The Movie Critic are finalized, production likely won’t begin until mid-year or later. No studio is attached to the film, which will be shot in California and will benefit from a budget of 20 million dollars.
Pitt and Tarantino previously worked together on 2009’s Inglourious Basterds and 2019’s Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, which earned Pitt an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie, also brought in $377 million at the global box office.
Tarantino shared his intention to retire from cinematography after his 10th film. He made his feature film debut with the independent crime drama Reservoir Dogs in 1992 and followed it up with the 1994 Palme d’Or winner Pulp Fiction. Tarantino also directed “Jackie Brown,” “Kill Bill: Volume 1” and “Volume 2,” “Death Proof,” “Django Unchained” and “The Hateful Eight.”