Originally Posted by BBC:
Cult BBC TV show Doctor Who is set to be made into a Hollywood movie, a leading director has said.
David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter films, told Variety magazine he is working on developing a feature film with the BBC.
He said the film would take a fresh approach to the show, which first appeared on TV in 1963.
Yates said it would take "two to three years to get it right" as the show needs "quite a radical transformation".
"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.
Yates is reported to be working with the head of LA-based BBC Worldwide Productions, Jane Tranter.
A BBC spokesman said: "A Doctor Who feature film remains in development with BBC Worldwide Productions in Los Angeles.
"The project is unlikely to reach cinemas for several years and as yet there is no script, cast or production crew in place."
Doctor Who began in 1963, and seven actors played the Doctor before the show was dropped in 1989.
After a TV movie in 1996 - starring Paul McGann - the TV series returned in 2005 with Christopher Eccleston in the lead role. David Tennant took over in the same year.
The sixth series of Doctor Who, starring Matt Smith as the Doctor, was broadcast on BBC One earlier this year.
Originally Posted by Daily Mail
It is unlikely Matt Smith, who plays the current Doctor Who, will land the lead role.
Yates said the new film will not follow on from the popular TV series and hinted the Harry Potter scriptwriter Steve Kloves could land the job of writing the new film.
Yates 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.'
The film will be made in co-operation with the BBC where the TV series ran from 1963-1989 before being re-launched six years ago.
The re-boot of the long-running series by writers Russell T Davies and Steve Moffat has proved a success both in the UK and America where it has a cult following.
Smith is the 11th doctor, taking over from David Tennant who spent four years on the show after it was revived by the BBC in 2005 with Christopher Ecclestone in the role.
Comedy star Catherine Tate had a guest role in the series with Tennant.
Yates said the film would stay loyal to its roots even if an American writes the script.
'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,' he told the Hollywood trade paper Variety.
The Los Angeles based unit of BBC Worldwide will be involved in the production of the film which is at least three years away from hitting the screens.
Yates said: 'We're looking at writers now. We're going to spend two to three years to get it right,' he said. 'It needs quite a radical transformation to take it into the bigger arena."
Yates directed the final two parts of the Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as well as Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
Could be good, could be bad. Not sure on this.