David Yates is officially one of the ballsiest men in Hollywood. Not only did he brave the scrutiny of rabid Harry Potter fans everywhere in order to pump out four quality flicks starring the boy wizard, but now he's looking to helm a movie version of one of the most cherished sci-fi series ever, Doctor Who.

According to Variety, Yates will be teaming up with BBC to bring the property to life, and they are currently looking at different writers to pen the script. Much like previous big screen incarnations of the character, Yates is planning for his Doctor Who to stand on its own without any ties to previous versions.

The original Doctor Who series centered on a mysterious humanoid alien who could travel through time and space in a magic police box in order to fight evil and save innocents. He could also regenerate into new bodies whenever he died, which was a convenient way to keep the show running as long as possible with different actors playing the lead. This is the main appeal of the character to Yates, who explained to Variety, "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."

There is currently a new version of Doctor Who that just finished its sixth season on BBC America, which is a continuation of the original series that aired from 1963 to 1989. There is no release date on the horizon for this movie, but it's expected to be Yates' next project. 

[via Variety