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Brad Pitt Circling Reunion with Director Quentin Tarantino for “The Movie Critic ”(Reports)

Pitt won his first acting Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for starring in Tarantino's 'Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood'

<p>MICHAEL TRAN/AFP via Getty; Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty</p> Brad Pitt, Quentin Tarantino

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Brad Pitt, Quentin Tarantino

Brad Pitt is close to signing on to Quentin Tarantino's next and reportedly final film, The Movie Critic, multiple outlets report.

The pair last collaborated on the 2019 Oscar-winning smash Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood, for which Pitt won his first acting Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Tarantino was nominated for three Academy Awards for that film: Best Picture (as one of the film's producers), Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. They first worked together on 2009's Inglourious Basterds.

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Representatives for Tarantino, 60, and Pitt, 60, did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment Thursday.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, citing sources, filming on The Movie Critic could begin later this year or in 2025. "The project is said to be set in 1970s southern California, and is inspired by a cynical movie critic Tarantino read growing up," reports the outlet.

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<p>Christopher Polk/NBC via Getty</p> Quentin Tarantino, Brad Pitt

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Quentin Tarantino, Brad Pitt

THR previously speculated that the film could focus on the late movie critic Pauline Kael, whom Tarantino "is known to have a deep respect for," and who for several months in 1979 worked as a consultant at Paramount Pictures, according to the outlet. Kael died in 2001.

Tarantino has said for years that he would only make 10 movies in his career. In November 2022, the Pulp Fiction filmmaker told CNN's Chris Wallace that his next movie would be his last after releasing nine standalone films, starting with 1992's Reservoir Dogs. This figure does not count 2007's Death Proof, which served as half of the double feature Grindhouse alongside Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror.

"I've been doing it for a long time; I've been doing it for 30 years. And it's time to wrap up the show," Tarantino told Wallace, 75. "I'm an entertainer. I want to leave you wanting more."

Tarantino has won two Academy Awards for screenwriting: for 1994's Pulp Fiction and 2012's Django Unchainedboth of which he also directed. The remainder of his directed standalone features include Jackie Brown (1997), Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003), Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004), Inglourious Basterds (2009) and The Hateful Eight (2015).

Back in 2022, Tarantino told Wallace that he doesn't "want to work to diminishing returns," explaining: "I don't want to become this old man who's out of touch when, already, I'm feeling a bit like an old man out of touch when it comes to the current movies that are out right now."

"And that's what happens — that's exactly what happens," he added.

Asked by Wallace whether he knows what his "10th and last film is going to be," Tarantino replied at the time: "No, I don't, at all, 'cause I'm also not in a giant hurry to make my last movie."

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