Harry Potter director Yates says he’s developing Doctor Who film

doctor who logo via geeky rantThere has been buzz about another Doctor Who film in the works from the BBC. The project is fresh and currently formless, but Harry Potter veteran director David Yates says he’s jumping on to develop the feature film.

Yates told Variety that he’s in the process of developing the anticipated film with Jane Tranter, head of BBC’s LA-based Worldwide Productions, who oversaw the 2005 reboot for the Doctor Who series. There is currently no script, crew or cast. Yates says he’s going to take his time with the project and it won’t be ready for another two to three years as it needs “a radical transformation to take it into the bigger arena.”

The vision for the upcoming film is that it will not be a continuation of the TV series. Yates will be taking a completely new approach to the time traveling Time Lord’s story.

“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,” said the director. It looks like the Tintin scriptwriter is out of the running for the Doctor Who film script.

Writers are actually being culled from both the US and the UK. Yates says they want a “British sensibility” with the script, but points out that Steve Kloves handled that sensibility just fine with the Potter films.

A tweet from the BBC may have confirmed the plans for the film saying, “a feature film remains in development with BBC Worldwide Productions in Los Angeles.”

The Doctor Who series originally ran from 1963 to 1989 and was revived by Davies in 2005, with Moffat eventually taking over. BBC put out two films in the 60s staring Peter Cushing. Since then, efforts to bring the story to the big screen have pretty much been unsuccessful.

via Doctor Who TV