How do you follow a solid, critically lauded film like 'The King's Speech,' which is primed to win at least a few Oscars this Sunday night?

Perhaps superheroes? Nope, not quite. According to the L.A. Times' 24 Frames, director Tom Hooper was offered the chance to helm 'Iron Man 3' but turned it down, paving the way for Shane Black.

According to their source -- a "person who has worked closely" with Hooper -- he's mulling over an entirely different sort of offer as his follow-up to 'Speech.' The Oscar-nominated director has been zeroeing in on a new version of 'Les Miserables.'

But it wouldn't be a music-free drama like the 1998 Liam Neeson edition (which also starred 'Speech' therapist Geoffrey Rush). Unlike the incarnation that still makes fans of the theatrical musical grumble, "The movie, which is being developed by 'Atonement' producer Working Title, is conceived as a big-budget musical."

If anyone can make a cinematic version rise to the level of the acclaimed stage piece, it just might be Hooper. In the last three years, he's had a hell of a solid ring of productions -- first, the Golden Globes–winning 'John Adams,' then 'The Damned United' and 'The King's Speech.'

If Hooper says yes, what will be critical to making the adaptation a success?