David Yates, director of Harry Potter has announced plans to bring the time-lord to cinemas… we’re not sure what to think?
We’re big fans of Doctor Who here at Movies.ie towers, so news of a big budget movie should fill us with joy… but we’re still hurting from the Doctor’s previous movie outting, the 1996 telepic starring Paul McGann was almost enough to bury the Timelord for good. Will a Hollywood movie kill off the cult TV show once and for all? Director David Yates, who recently directed the final Harry Potter movies doesn’t think so… speaking to Variety magazine he said “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… 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.”
Yates explained that his Doctor Who movie would not tie in with the popular BBC TV show, currently starring Matt Smith, instead he would reboot the franchise in a stand alone universe with an entirely new approach, “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,” he said “We want a British sensibility, but having said that, Steve Kloves wrote the Potter films and captured that British sensibility perfectly, so we are looking at American writers too.”