Big-shot director Sam Mendes has landed a rebound project after Bond 23 was given the heave-ho. He’s moved on to bigger and better things or at least what he hopes will be better. Sources are reporting that he may direct a prequel to the beloved classic Wizard of Oz entitled, Oz the Great and Powerful based on the title character. Who could play a man so great, so powerful, so charismatic? How about Robert Downey Jr?

According to a vague tweet from Production Weekly sent out earlier today,

Sam Mendes is the front runner to direct “Oz The Great And Powerful” by Mitchell Kapner, with Robert Downey, Jr. circling to play the Wizard.

We wonder when Downey’s going to find the time to film this movie? This project must be scheduled for a late 2012 or 2013 release because Marvel’s The Avengers is set to start production in February.

The adapted story for Oz the Great and Powerful was written by Mitchell Kapner and will be produced by Alice in Wonderland’s Joe Roth. Kapner based the script on a collection of influences from L. Frank Baum’s original books as well as some ideas of his own creating a story that shows “the wizard as a charlatan who’s part of a traveling circus but goes on a similar odyssey as Dorothy when he mysteriously lands in Oz.”

What do you think of a Wizard of Oz prequel? Is Mendes the go-to guy for this film?

Source: /Film