Doctor Who movie for 2014?
In perhaps the biggest news since Christopher Ecclestone appeared from the Tardis in 2005 and ended a Doctor Who drought which had lasted since 1989 – save for one TV film outing for Paul McGann in 1996 – another movie is now on the cards.
Except this potential production is a proper Hollywood flick, although it isn’t the first time this has been tried. The Beeb sought support for a feature film before it relaunched the TV series with Ecclestone, funnily enough.
According to Variety magazine, a big screen version of Doctor Who is now in the works, and Harry Potter director David Yates (who worked on the Order of the Phoenix onwards) is the man attached to the project.
He told Variety that it’s currently under development with BBC Worldwide Productions, and that the silver screen version would require some radical changes. Particularly on the script writing front.
Yates told Variety: “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.”
So what of Russell T Davies and Moffat? Apparently, the computer says no…
Yates continued: “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.”
They’ll be after a writer with “British sensibilities” apparently, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a British author. Yates hinted it could be an American.
This certainly sounds like a serious effort to finally get a feature film production off the ground, and one that could actually come to fruition.
The BBC remained cagey, however, issuing a statement to confirm the existence of the project, but reinforcing the early stage all this is currently at.
“A Doctor Who feature film remains in development with BBC Worldwide Productions in Los Angeles,” a Beeb spokesperson said.
“The project is unlikely to reach cinemas for several years and as yet there is no script, cast or production crew in place.”
Still, it all sounds fairly promising, and we might see the movie the year after the 50th anniversary perhaps, 2014 would be our guess.
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