New York - Director Quentin Tarantino still wants to retire and he is reminding the world he has only two films left to make before he makes his exit.
The maverick director brought up his retirement plan again at the American Film Market audience in Santa Monica, California, last week as he promoted his current project and eighth feature, the western The Hateful Eight.
"I don't believe you should stay on stage until people are begging you to get off. I like the idea of leaving them wanting a bit more," movie website Deadline Hollywood reported him as telling film distributors.
"I do think directing is a young man's game and I like the idea of an umbilical cord connection from my first to my last movie.
"I'm not trying to ridicule anyone who thinks differently, but I want to go out while I'm still hard... I like that I will leave a 10-film filmography, and so I've got two more to go after this."
With him at the event were cast members Walton Goggins, Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
In 2012, Tarantino was promoting his film Django Unchained when he said in an interview, "I just don't want to be an old-man filmmaker. I want to stop at a certain point.
"Directors don't get better as they get older," he added, before saying, "10 movies in my filmography would be nice."
Still, the 51-year-old is not leaving all doors closed.
He said last week, "It's not etched in stone, but that is the plan. If I get to the 10th, do a good job... well that sounds like a good way to end the old career."
"If, later on, I come across a good movie, I won't not do it just because I said I wouldn't. But 10 and done, leaving them wanting more - that sounds right," added the Oscar-winning writer-director, behind films such as Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs and the two-part Kill Bill.
The subject of retirement came up in a discussion about The Hateful Eight when Leigh bemoaned that Tarantino had brought her into his repertory company just in time to hear he was not far from retiring, Deadline reported on Monday.
"You don't actually believe that ... do you?" Russell asked everybody.
Added Jackson: "What's Quentin going to do with himself if he's not doing this?"
To this, Tarantino said his days would consist of "writing plays and books, going gracefully into my tender years."
Film studio The Weinstein Company has said that The Hateful Eight, a post-Civil War western about a group of outlaws left stranded by a blizzard, will have the widest 70mm release in more than 20 years.