It was fun dreaming about a Sam Mendes-directed James Bond movie (Michael Shannon as Jaws!), but now that the 007 franchise has been postponed indefinitely, the Oscar-winning director has been scrambling to find another gig. He's said to be doing ads for the new iPhone, and he was first choice to direct Robert Downey, Jr. in the Wizard of Oz prequel, Oz the Great and Powerful. But here's an option you might not have expected: Mendes will direct a new version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, according to Deadline.

Unfortunately, though, this is not another case of rebooting something Tim Burton ruined with his own remake. Rather, this Willy Wonka production is for the stage, a musical show from songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray) and playwright David Grieg to open in London and later move to Broadway. Can I start the campaign for Michael Shannon as the iconic candyman?
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