Credit Steve Granitz/WireImage

Credit Steve Granitz/WireImage

The fun people over at SciFiWire.com are reporting that Iron Man’s Robert Downey Jr. could potentially be staring as OZ in the rather controversial franchise revamp of “The Wizard of Oz”.

Director Sam Mendes will direct Oz the Great and Powerful, with Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. “circling to play the Wizard,” Production Weekly reported on Twitter.

The film is a prequel to the 1939 The Wizard of Oz, and the offer has gone out to Downey, The Playlist reported.

The family friendly project (duh), previously known as “Oz,” is set up over at the WB’s New Line banner and is based around a script by Darren Lemke (“Shrek Forever After,” “Jack The Giant Killer”). Naturally, details on this are tight for now.

The movie is one of two proposed Oz-themed movies in the works

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