Quentin Tarantino Adapting ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ To Stage Play

  • Posted On:July 05, 2021

The renowned filmmaker very recently announced he is planning on turning his latest movie into a play before he even thinks about his next and final ever feature film as a director.

“Believe it or not, I’ve written a play version of [Once Upon a Time in Hollywood]” Quentin Tarantino said on the ‘Big Picture’ podcast. He continued to say  “I wanted to write a play and stuff that’s not in the book. I wanted it to exist as a play. And again, I’m able to explore stuff that’s not in the movie. The play deals with Italy”.

He went on to describe the plot: “The whole second act of the play is Leonardo DiCaprio’s character Rick Dalton and Al Pacino’s character Marvin Schwarz having dinner with spaghetti western director Sergio Corbucci and Nori Corbucci at their favourite Japanese restaurant in Rome”. He then said: “Rick doesn’t have the part yet. Depending on how this dinner goes, depends on whether Rick is going to be Nebraska Jim or not”.

Quentin Tarantino has every intention on directing the play himself, after he has finished work on the novelisation of the story, with plans for a final feature film to follow.

He went on to explain: “I mean, we’ll see what happens, but my plan is to do this book, I just did this, then finish the cinema book, then the next thing on the list is to start thinking about the play. I’m not going to think about my last movie for a while. I’m doing other things right now”.

Quentin also announced that he has bought himself a theatre in Los Angeles, the ‘Vista Theatre’.

In a recent interview on Dax Shepard’s ‘Armchair Expert’ podcast, Quentin Tarantino discussed the future of moviegoing and his thoughts on theatre, within the interview he said “I never like any theater closing, but some of these exhibitors that are going, they deserve to go. They’ve taken all the specialness out of movies anyway, some of these chains”, Quentin Tarantino also explained that he doesn’t believe a movie theater should “recreate my living room”.

Quentin Tarantino said he thinks boutique cinemas “will actually thrive in this time” and within this he then announced his purchase of the Vista Theatre in Los Feliz, with plans for it to open around Christmas.

“When we opened up the New Beverly about two weeks ago, in June, we sold out every single show. And I’ll announce one thing here that people don’t know yet: I bought the Vista. We’re going to probably open it up around Christmastime. And again, only film,” he said. “But it won’t be a revival house — we’ll show new movies that come out where they give us a film print, we’ll show new stuff. It’s not going to be like the New Beverly, the New Beverly has its own vibe. The Vista is like a crown jewel kind of thing. So it will be the best prints, we’ll show older films, but they’ll be like older films where you can hold a fortnight engagement.”