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Doctor Who’s Feature Film plans

PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:10 am
by sledge
Harry Potter director David Yates is teaming up with the BBC on developing a Doctor Who movie with Jane Tranter, head of L.A.-based BBC Worldwide Prods.

But any movie adaptation would not follow on from the current TV series, but take a completely fresh approach to the material.
“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 told Variety.

“It needs quite a radical transformation to take it into the bigger arena.”
That probably means a new actor in the role of the Time Lord.

Yates and Tranter are currently looking for writers on both sides of the Atlantic and will spend two to three years in development.
“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.”

There are already two previous films based on the TV series: Doctor Who and the Daleks (1965) and Doctor Who: Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (1966), both starring Peter Cushing.

I wonder if this will ever occur been a rumour for years :scratch:


Re: Doctor Who’s Feature Film plans

PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 9:41 pm
by sledge
Looks like the film is just a rumor. Bugger! :scratch:

Steven Moffat has reassured viewers that Doctor Who will not be drastically changed for the big screen.

Speaking on Twitter, Moffat said a Doctor Who film "would certainly not be a Hollywood reboot".

Fans of the BBC One show had contacted him on the site after comments made by David Yates last month.

The director had said that the programme would need a "pretty big transformation to work in a bigger arena".

David Yates, who has directed four of the Harry Potter films, had also commented that the production team would have to "start from scratch", prompting fears from fans that a brand new cast would be brought in.

Steven Moffat responded: "To clarify, any Doctor Who movie would be made by the BBC team, star the current TV Doctor and would certainly not be a Hollywood reboot.

"David Yates was speaking off the cuff, on a red carpet. You've seen the rubbish I talk when I'm cornered."

Last month, Matt Smith and Karen Gillan discussed the movie rumours with Fearne Cotton on BBC Radio 1.

"I have absolutely know idea what [the film] will be about. I doubt we'll be in it," Smith said.

Gillan added: "There's always rumours about a Doctor Who film, I remember them saying Johnny Depp was going to be the doctor at one point.

David Yates has previously claimed that a movie would take years to produce.

It's likely that a new actor will have taken over from Matt Smith in the lead role by the time a film goes into production.