'Harry Potter' Director David Yates Taking 'Doctor Who' to the Movies
After being at the helm of the final four films in the successful Harry Potter franchise, director David Yates is now looking to take on a longer-running British pop culture icon for the big screen treatment. Variety has word that the filmmaker is working with the BBC to turn the sci-fi TV series Doctor Who into a film franchise. The series, which originally ran from 1963 to 1989 before being rebooted back in 2005, has a huge fanbase spanning generations who love the original and sometimes comedic adventures a super-intelligent alien in human form who travels across space and time battling a variety of cosmic characters.
However, the project won't exactly be in the immediate future since Yates says, "We're looking at writers now. We're going to spend two to three years to get it right. It needs quite a radical transformation to take it into the bigger arena." But taking it to a bigger arena will not require audiences to be familiar with the series as Yates says the film will not be a continuation of the rebooted series from Russell T. Davies and Steven Moffat, who recently wrote The Adventures of Tintin.
Instead the film will start from scratch, but I'm not so sure that longtime fans of the series will be so keen on that detail since Davies and Moffat seem to have crafted quite a return to the classic character with actors Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant (who starred in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, not directed by Yates), and most recently Matt Smith. The question is who will step into TARDIS for this big screen venture.
Update: There's an update to this Doctor Who movie news posted on December 4th that may be of interest to fans just read this. BBC showrunner Steven Moffat is now claiming that "any Doctor Who movie would be made by the BBC team, star the current TV Doctor and certainly NOT be a Hollywood reboot." That means this may not be true and there isn't really a movie in the works after all, at least not for a long time. You can read the full quote and update from Moffat right here.