While promoting the DVD/Blu-ray release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 director David Yates told the Orlando Sentinel that he has a few potential projects lined up. One has an “amazing role” for Potter actress Emma Watson, while the others range from “inter-galactic sci-fi epics to three character dramas set in a New York apartment. Thrillers, comedies, every conceivable genre.”
Following on from this Yates spoke to Variety and revealed what the “inter-galactic sci-fi epic” was. It’s Doctor Who.
Here are the details:
“Harry Potter” director David Yates is teaming up with the BBC to turn its iconic sci-fi TV series “Doctor Who” into a bigscreen franchise.
“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.”
“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,” Yates 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,” he explained.
The movie won’t follow on from the current TV show, which stars Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor. Yates said he would “start from scratch”, so the film will probably be a reboot for the big screen.
For those unaware of Doctor Who, it’s a British TV show which originally ran from 1963 to 1989, and then was successfully rebooted in 2005 with actor Christopher Eccleston as The Doctor. David Tennant took on the role in the second series, and Matt Smith gained the role in 2009 with Steven Moffat (The Adventures of Tintin) on writing duties.
In the show The Doctor is a Time Lord, an extraterrestrial from the planet Gallifrey, who travels through time and space in an internally vast time machine called the TARDIS. Two films were made in the 60s, but this will be the first time the property has been given a big budget outing. The possibilities for story-lines are endless, and with The Doctor regenerating into a new body every few years it won’t be restricted by one actor’s availability/interest/salary.
Yates has already proven he can handle both fantasy and drama with Harry Potter, so it’ll be interesting to see him turn his hand to sci-fi.