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Tarantino eyes B’way bow

NEW YORK — It’s no fiction, pulp or otherwise: Movie director and thesp Quentin Tarantino could make his Broadway acting debut this season as the psychotic lead character in an upcoming revival of Frederick Knott’s 1966 thriller “Wait Until Dark.”

Tarantino is in negotiations with producers Alan N. Lichtenstein and Robert Young to headline the spring revival, although a deal has not yet been inked. Tarantino is thought to be keen on the concept, though an offer submitted by the producers to his William Morris Agency reps has not yet been accepted.

Young, an Indianapolis-based producer, says “Wait” is planned for a 30-week Broadway run, and that playwright Knott has “significantly changed and updated” the script. The producers have lined up Leonard Foglia, director of Broadway’s “Master Class,” to helm.

Lichtenstein and Young previously teamed for the successful 1996 national tour of “Dial M For Murder,” another Knott-penned thriller, which starred Roddy McDowall on the road. Lichtenstein also is director of theater operations for the Nederlander Organization in Detroit.

Lichtenstein did not return repeated telephone calls requesting comment.

“We’re still looking for the lead girl,” said Young. A source in a New York production office confirmed that design work for the project was already under way. No Broadway theater has yet been booked.

Tarantino’s publicist, Bumble Ward, confirmed that the star “is in negotiations with the producers,” but said there was “no contract yet and nothing set.”

“Wait Until Dark” had its Broadway premiere at the Ethel Barrymore Theater in 1966. Filmed in 1967 by Terence Young with stars Audrey Hepburn and Alan Arkin, “Wait Until Dark” is about a blind woman trying to fend off a nasty villain who comes to her home in search of heroin unknowingly carried through Customs by the woman’s husband.

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