Doctor Who to be turned into Hollywood film
DOCTOR Who is to be turned into a Hollywood film, it has been claimed, but Matt Smith is unlikely to play the Time Lord.
David Yates, director of the Harry Potter films announced he will be making a big screen version of long running BBC sci fi series.
He said he has started a search for writers to plot a new chapter for the ageless doctor.
It is unlikely Smith, who plays the current Doctor, 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.
"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 film will be made in co-operation with the BBC where the TV series ran from 1963-1989 before being relaunched six years ago.
The reboot of the long running series by writer Russell T Davies and Steve Moffat has proved a success both in the UK and America where it has a cult following.
He took over from David Tennant who relaunched the series after it was revived by the BBC in 2005.
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.
"We're looking at writers now. We're going to spend two to three years to get it right," Yates 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".