Harry Potter David Yates has been formally attached to a Doctor Who movie project, working with former BBC One chief Jane Tranter who is now based in BBC Worldwide’s Los Angeles office.
We’ll just repeat that: a Doctor Who movie is in development!
Yates directed four of the Harry Potter movies and has told Variety that the project is in search of a writer.
“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.”
“The notion of the time-travelling Time Lord is such a strong one, because you can express story and drama in any dimension or time.”
What is interesting to note is that David Yates is aiming for a complete cinematic reboot, something that could potentially put the TV show at risk.
“Russell T. Davies and then Steven Moffat have done their own transformations, which were fantastic, but we have to put that aside and start from scratch.”
Previous attempts at Doctor Who movies eventually resulted in the 1996 BBC/Fox/Universal co-production starring Paul McGann, although fans will of course be aware of the Dalek movies which were adapted from 1960s TV serials, Doctor Who and the Daleks (1965) and Doctor Who: Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.” (1966) which both starred Peter Cushing.