I'm hearing Disney has been flirting with Timur Bekmambetov as possible director for its Mitchell Kapner-scripted origin story The Great and Powerful Oz
. That project had Adam Shankman and Sam Mendes mentioned as possible filmmakers, and it's just one of a slew of Oz pictures percolating. The W
anted director also is circling Disney's Jungle Cruise
, the long-gestating action-adventure movie idea based on the Disney theme park ride. Timur pitched a take to film's Mandeville producers and writers are meeting on the project.