Talks are moving forward to bring Quentin Tarantino -- who burst onto the film scene with Pulp Fiction -- to Broadway. The actor/director will be making his legit debut playing a psychotic stalker in a spring 1998 revival of the 1966 thriller Wait Until Dark, by Frederick Knott. Spokesperson James LL Morrison confirmed (Oct. 29) that rehearsals are projected for late January 1998, with an opening in April and Leonard Foglia set to direct. No venue or further casting has yet been chosen.
Back in September, Knott's representatives at ICM confirmed a story in Variety that has Tarantino in negotiations with producers Alan N. Lichtenstein and Robert Young.
A follow-up story in Variety (Sept. 29) noted that Jennifer Jason Leigh was in negotiations for the lead role. One day later, however, Variety reported that Leigh had begged off the project because of a previous commitment to David Cronenberg's next film. Film actress Leigh's roles include Dorothy Parker and the Vicious Circle, Last Exit To Brooklyn and Fast Times At Ridgemont High.
Young told Variety Wait Until Dark is planned as a 30-week Broadway run, with the playwright "significantly changing and updating the script." Leonard Foglia (Master Class) has been pegged to direct. Producers Lichtenstein and Young mounted the 1996 tour of Knott's Dial M. For Murder (with Roddy McDowall and Nancy Allen) that never made it to Broadway.
Wait Until Dark concerns a menacing drug dealer terrorizing a blind woman and her pesky young next-door neighbor.