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Post by Nick Barlow on Mon Nov 14, 2011 11:02 am

I'm sure fandom will discuss this calmly and rationally without leaping to any premature conclusions: http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118046098

LONDON -- "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.

Yates, who directed the last four Potter films, told Daily Variety that he is about to start work on developing a "Doctor Who" movie with Jane Tranter, BBC Worldwide's L.A.-based exec VP of programming and production.

"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."

"Doctor Who" follows the adventures across space and time of a super-intelligent alien in human form, who battles a variety of cosmic bad guys aided by plucky human companions.

"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.

The series ran from 1963 to 1989, and then was successfully rebooted in 2005 by writer Russell T. Davies and subsequently by Steven Moffat ("The Adventures of Tintin"). Tranter oversaw the revival when she was the BBC's drama topper in London.

"Doctor Who," starring Matt Smith as the 11th incarnation of the Doctor, is now one of the pubcaster's most lucrative global TV franchises.

The series airs Stateside on BBC America.

Yates made clear that his movie adaptation would not follow on from the current TV series, but would 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 said.

Yates and Tranter are looking for writers on both sides of the Atlantic.

"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.

There are 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.

The BBC has since made a few unsuccessful attempts to develop a "Doctor Who" feature, and shot a one-off telepic in 1996 at a time when the TV series was dormant.

But the combination of Yates and Tranter means this is the most high-powered effort to date to launch "Doctor Who" onto the bigscreen.

Before directing "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" and both parts of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," Yates worked with Tranter on several BBC TV series, including "The Way We Live Now" and "State of Play."

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Re: New Who movie in the works

Post by Rich Flair on Mon Nov 14, 2011 11:03 am

Oh no!
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Post by Zoltar on Mon Nov 14, 2011 12:06 pm

Yates made clear that his movie adaptation would not follow on from the current TV series, but would 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 said.
Non canon remake. 0/10.

Now dance!

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Post by The Co=Ordinator on Mon Nov 14, 2011 1:29 pm

What? A Who movie? Post 2013? Who'd ever have thunk it.

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Re: New Who movie in the works

Post by Dave Webb on Tue Nov 15, 2011 3:50 am

Nick Barlow wrote:I'm sure fandom will discuss this calmly and rationally without leaping to any premature conclusions: http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118046098

I look forward to seeing the results.
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Re: New Who movie in the works

Post by Patrick on Tue Nov 15, 2011 7:19 am

We want to see the Time War!

And Paul McGann! And the regeneration in to Christopher Eccl...Eccl... however you spell his name!

And the Rani!


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Re: New Who movie in the works

Post by Dave Webb on Tue Nov 15, 2011 10:55 am

Patrick wrote:We want to see the T...
No, you don't. It'll just upset you.

With respect, Patrick, the last thing you want is for the people that brought you the last four Potter films to get their hands on Who.






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Re: New Who movie in the works

Post by Patrick on Tue Nov 15, 2011 12:07 pm

Dave Webb wrote:
Patrick wrote:We want to see the T...
No, you don't. It'll just upset you.

With respect, Patrick, the last thing you want is for the people that brought you the last four Potter films to get their hands on Who.






I was predicting the reaction from certain quarters of Gallifrey Base. You're right- I definately don't want an overdose of CGI/Special Effects as we had in the last few Potter movies.

But there is something in this announcement that causes a slight up-tick of my eyebrows. Mr. Yates mentions not going into production for another two or three years, and specifically name-dropps Jane Tranter. 2 to 3 years from now might very well be about the time the Moff has decided to hang up his Exec Producing responsibilities. Personally, I wouldn't be in favor of seeing Who live on only as a series of movies, regardless of who's producing or directing.

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Re: New Who movie in the works

Post by Nick Barlow on Tue Nov 15, 2011 1:14 pm

Dave Webb wrote:With respect, Patrick, the last thing you want is for the people that brought you the last four Potter films to get their hands on Who.
OK, can I have the director who made Sex Traffic and State Of Play instead, then? Smile

God, the GB thread on this is amusing - it's exactly like Patrick predicts, along with a fantastically petty argument over the semantics of various people's tweets and the meaning of the word 'development' when applied to a Who movie. I'm thinking about starting a 'David Yates' twitter account just to see what fun I could have with it.

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Post by Dave Webb on Tue Nov 15, 2011 1:39 pm

Nick Barlow wrote:
OK, can I have the director who made Sex Traffic and State Of Play instead, then? Smile

Same bloke?

'K. I'll see if I can find State of Play and watch it.

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Post by Zoltar on Tue Nov 15, 2011 1:59 pm

I just saw a scoop on the GB. McGann's back. Got a wig and everything.

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Post by barnaby morbius on Tue Nov 15, 2011 2:02 pm

Zoltar wrote:I just saw a scoop on the GB. McGann's back. Got a wig and everything.

10/10 awesome.
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Re: New Who movie in the works

Post by Nick Barlow on Tue Nov 15, 2011 2:22 pm

Dave Webb wrote:
Nick Barlow wrote:
OK, can I have the director who made Sex Traffic and State Of Play instead, then? Smile

Same bloke?

'K. I'll see if I can find State of Play and watch it.
He did the TV version of it, not the film. Bloody good bit of TV, though, and excellent cast - Sink, Morrissey, Nighy and others.

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Post by Rich Flair on Tue Nov 15, 2011 3:43 pm

Nick Barlow wrote:He did the TV version of it, not the film. Bloody good bit of TV, though, and excellent cast - Sink, Morrissey, Nighy and others.

Yes, he threw in the kitchen Sink as well.
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Post by Nick Barlow on Wed Nov 16, 2011 2:16 am

Rich Flair wrote:
Nick Barlow wrote:He did the TV version of it, not the film. Bloody good bit of TV, though, and excellent cast - Sink, Morrissey, Nighy and others.

Yes, he threw in the kitchen Sink as well.
That's what comes when you post from your phone and forget about autocorrect...

Meanwhile, Danny Dyer to star as Doctor Who.

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Post by The Co=Ordinator on Wed Nov 16, 2011 3:33 am

Thank Goodness for the Daily Mash! Laughing

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Post by barnaby morbius on Wed Nov 16, 2011 3:51 am

it would be worth it just for mark kermode's review
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Post by Dave Webb on Wed Nov 16, 2011 5:58 am

Nick Barlow wrote:

Meanwhile, Danny Dyer to star as Doctor Who.

That...could be genius.

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Post by Johnstone McGuckian on Wed Nov 16, 2011 6:36 am

Yates is a s*** director! It's that simple. It's not that I don't like his style, he's just not capable of putting together a coherent movie!

I really really hope this never happens. There's no chance that it'll ever be good. Ever.
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Post by The Co=Ordinator on Wed Nov 16, 2011 8:03 am

barnaby morbius wrote:it would be worth it just for mark kermode's review

For those on t'other side of The Atlantic (or indeed wherever!), who haven't a clue what we're going about here's an example. Razz


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