Friday, December 16, 2011

Steven Moffat on Dr. Who Hollywood 'reboot:' Over my 'beheaded' body!

Steven Moffat appears to have the fans - and maybe even the Daleks - on his side.
Much talk in recent weeks has revolved around  director David Yates (the last four "Harry Potter" movies) seemingly laying the groundwork for a Dr. Who movie. Yates has made it clear that his version of a proposed Hollywood franchise would be completely separate from the popular and beloved BBC TV show. As he recently told Variety:
“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."
Not surprisingly, many fans were upset by the news. Moffatt himself was quick to do his best to quash the talk, declaring simply:
“To clarify: any Doctor Who movie would be made by the BBC team, star the current TV Doctor and certainly NOT be a Hollywood reboot."
Apparently not content with that retort, Moffat responded again this week during an interview on BBC Radio 5 Live's Richard Bacon Show:
David was talking a little out of turn, there; a very, very brilliant director but no the film as described by him, of course we're not going to do that - a film that contradicts the television series, it would be a heathen thing to do ... I would be 'beheaded' to do such a thing!
It would be wonderful to do a Doctor Who film, but when and if we did - and hopefully we will be doing it - it will be very much an offshoot of the television series and we'll be part of it, and it will star the television Doctor, of course - anything else would be heresy!
Strong words, but until Yates gives in, is the battle over?

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