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Hollywood plans Dr Who remake

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By John Glenday, Reporter

November 15, 2011 | 2 min read

It has kept children captivated on the small screen for generations but now the BBCs long running family drama, Dr Who, is to be given a new lease of life on the big screen – courtesy of a Hollywood remake.

Though TV transitions to the cinema are littered with the husks of previous failed attempts producers are keen to avoid such pitfalls this time round with the appointment of David Yates as director, who boasts the last four Harry Potter films on his CV.

Speaking to Variety magazine Yates said that he would pursue “quite a radical transformation” of the format over the next two to three years in order to bring the show up to date.

This will see the successful BBC refresh materminded by Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat put to one side in favour of a fresh approach.

A BBC spokesman said: "A Doctor Who feature film remains in development with BBC Worldwide Productions in Los Angeles.

"The project is unlikely to reach cinemas for several years and as yet there is no script, cast or production crew in place."

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