November 15th, 2011
05:50 PM ET
As "Doctor Who" enjoys a revival on the small screen, "Harry Potter" director David Yates is working to bring the classic BBC series to the movies, reports Variety.
Yates has announced that he's developing the project with the BBC, which aired the sci-fi show from 1963 to 1989. In 2005, "Doctor Who" returned, and currently stars Matt Smith.
BBC America, which airs "Doctor Who" Stateside, tweeted Monday, "A Doctor Who feature film remains in development w/ BBC Worldwide Productions in LA. As of yet no script, cast or production crew in place."
Yates is currently on the hunt for writers. The idea is not to spin a story off from the current reincarnation but to take a new approach to the story of the alien in human form who, along with his human companions, travels across time while fighting off the bad guys.
Regardless of the flexibility of the tale, Yates is still keen on keeping its British roots, even if he ends up with an American writing the script.
"We want a British sensibility, but having said that, Steve Kloves wrote the 'Potter' films and captured that sensibility perfectly, so we are looking at American writers too," Yates told Variety.
Yates also promises to take his time with execution.
"We're going to spend two to three years to get it right," the director said. "It needs quite a radical transformation to take into the bigger arena."
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