David Yates Wanted for THE IMITATION GAME

Studio looking to Yates for Alan Turing biopic.

Yesterday we told you how ‘Harry Potter’ director David Yates was developing a big screen reboot of ‘Doctor Who.’ Well that project is going to take several years to get a script that feels right, so Yates will need a job in the meantime and Deadline is hearing that he may have already found it.

Warner Bros. is reportedly looking to tempt Yates to direct the Graham Moore-scripted drama ‘The Imitation Game.’ Based on Andrew Hodges’ book ‘Alan Turing: The Enigma,’ the film is the life story of the mathematician and scientist, who was instrumental in the cracking of the German U-boat Enigma cipher in World War II. Turing is also credited as the father of the computer revolution and artificial intelligence. In 1954, he sadly took his own life, poisoning himself with a cyanide laced apple after being criminally prosecuted for being a homosexual.

The script was bought by the studio for seven figures last month, and was initially reported to have Ron Howard interested in directing with Leonardo DiCaprio portraying Turing.