Tim Burton to Direct Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams in 'Big Eyes'
by Ethan Anderton
April 3, 2013
Finally! It's about time Tim Burton finally took on an intriguing and original project. Big Eyes has been gestating for years now with a script from Ed Wood writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. Most recently, the writing duo was going to take over directing duties themselves with Tim Burton producing and Ryan Reynolds and Reese Witherspoon in the lead roles. However, Deadline reports Burton will now be in the director's chair and Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams will play artists Walter and Margaret Keane, who became famous in the 1960's with their wide-eyed depictions of women and children.
The paintings were a huge hit, selling to gas stations and dime stores across the country. It was Walter's marketing skills that got the paintings noticed, and he also took credit for the artistry, bringing him fame on the talk shows across the board. However, it was Margaret who was the real artist. But when she tried to make her genius known to the world, Walter began calling her eccentric and the matter went all the way to the court, but we won't spoil the ending.
Alexander and Karaszewski worked with Burton on Ed Wood, arguably the director's finest film, and they also scripted the spectacular biopic Man on the Moon with Jim Carrey as Andy Kaufman. Frankly, I can't wait to see what Burton does with their script, especially with two talents like Waltz and Adams in the lead now. It'll be nice to see a film without big special effects and Burton's trademark dark fantasy flare. The writers will also produce the film with The Weinstein Company currently ironing out all the details to finance and distribute the film, hopefully for some awards love when the time comes. Sound good?