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September 22, 2016 at 03:10 PM EDT

Denzel Washington starred in the 2010 Broadway revival of Fencesand now he’s revisiting the story for an upcoming film adaptation that he both directed and stars in — but the movie version isn’t going to be a complete repeat.

“If there’s 25,000 words in the play, we’re using them all, but I framed it — they use the word ‘opened it up’ but I don’t even like to use that word; it was an organic process where scenes could take place,” Washington said in a recent SiriusXM Town Hall interview ahead of his latest film, The Magnificent Seven. “In the play, they all take place in the backyard. So they don’t all take place in the backyard [in the film].”

Washington stars alongside Viola Davis, who was also in the Tony-winning 2010 version, in the film, which arrives in theaters on Dec. 25. The original play, written in 1983 by August Wilson, won both a Tony and a Pulitzer in 1987. 

Watch the clip above.

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