Quentin Tarantino has doubled-down on his pledge never to make another film past his tenth — meaning his next two films will be his last.
"Drop the mic. Boom. Tell everybody, 'Match that shit,'" he said to much applause Thursday at Adobe Max — a creativity conference held by the software giant and held inside the San Diego Convention Center
But before he gets to work on his next full-length scripted film — which he teased earlier this year as potentially being a "Bonnie and Clyde-esque" tale set in 1930s Australian — the 53-year-old director told the crown inside Hall H that he is focused at the moment on a historical non-fiction project.
For four years, he has been been immersed in studying the year 1970, one Tarantino considers the most pivotal in the history of cinema. How the project eventually takes shape is not yet entirely clear. "It could be a book, a documentary, a five-part podcast," he says.
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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 19: Quentin Tarantino is seen at LAX on October 19, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by starzfly/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LYON, FRANCE - OCTOBER 14: Quentin Tarantino and Daniella Pick attend the 'Prix Lumiere 2016' Award Ceremony to Catherine Deneuve during the 8th Film Festival Lumiere on October 14, 2016 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE - OCTOBER 14: Quentin Tarentino Deliver a speech during the 'Prix Lumiere 2016' award during the 8th Film Festival Lumiere In Lyon on October 14, 2016 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
LYON, FRANCE - OCTOBER 08: Quentin Tarantino attends the opening ceremony of the 8th Lumiere Film Festival in Lyon on October 8, 2016 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 16: Quentin Tarantino is seen at LAX on June 16, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by starzfly/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 15: Quentin Tarantino speaks during the 2016 AFI Conservatory commencement ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre on June 15, 2016 in Hollywood, California. The American Film Institute is granting honorary degrees to Rita Moreno and Quentin Tarantino for their contributions to the cinematic arts. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for AFI)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Ennio Morricone, Quentin Tarantino, Harvey Weinstein and Franco Nero attend The Hateful Eight's Ennio Morricone Star Ceremony On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame at Hollywood Walk Of Fame on February 26, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 23: Director Quentin Tarantino attends the 18th Costume Designers Guild Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 23, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 23: Director Quentin Tarantino (L) and actor Kurt Russell attend the 18th Costume Designers Guild Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 23, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 26: Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Quentin Tarantino attend the premiere of 'The Hateful 8' at Zoo Palast on January 26, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 20: Quentin Tarantino (L) and Zoe Bell (R) pose as they arrive ahead of the New Zealand premiere of The Hateful Eight at on January 20, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal, Quentin Tarantino accepts the award for Best Original Score - Motion Picture for 'The Hateful Eight' during the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 10: Quentin Tarantino arrives at the 2016 Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes After Party on January 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images)
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Ann Lewnes, CMO of Adobe, conducted the interview. She asked Tarantino, dressed in blue denim shirt over a black T-shirt and jeans, how he personally defines success.
"Hopefully, the way I define success when I finish my career is that I'm considered one of the greatest filmmakers that ever lived. And going further, a great artist, not just filmmaker," Tarantino said. The audience laughed and applauded.
Tarantino shared some of the secrets of his creative process: Each new script involves a tour through his personal record collection, stored in a room designed to evoke a vintage record store.
"So much of [the movie's language] revolves around a sound or a song," he said. "Before I've started, I'm seriously thinking about the music. I'm listening to a track and picturing everyone at the Cannes Palais just loving it."
After back-to-back hits for his longtime studio home, The Weinstein Company, with 2008's Inglourious Basterds ($120 million domestic gross) and 2012's Django Unchained ($163 million — a career high), last year's Hateful Eight stumbled.
The nearly three-hour whodunnit, set almost entirely inside an old-west general store, stumbled at the box office, bringing in just $54 million.