Whenever a new Tim Burton movie is announced I get excited, and today’s news is very welcome indeed. Deadline is reporting that Burton has signed on to direct a biopic called Big Eyes, and The Weinstein Company are currently closing a deal to fund and distribute the film.
It was back in 2010 that Burton first became attached to the story when he fell in love with the script written by Ed Wood scribes Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. Back then Burton intended to produce, but now he will be directing the film, and has bagged Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams to star as Margaret and Walter Keane. Walter Keane became famous in the 1950’s and 60’s for his paintings which featured saucer eyed children, however it was actually Margaret who did the work.
Waltz, who’s coming off another Oscar turn inDjango Unchained, and Adams, nominated forThe Master, will play Margaret and Walter Keane, whose paintings of large eyed children became one of the first mass marketed art sensations in the 50s and 60s. Those prints sold in gas stations and every five and dime store across the country. While Walter was the marketing genius, he also took the bows for doing the brush work. He was a full fledged celebrity, a regular on the TV talk show circuit. His shy wife was the actual artist in the family. When they split and she tried to get her due, he painted her as being eccentric, and they ended up in court. There, a judge finally provided them with two easels and ordered them to prove it. Walter’s art reputation went down on the canvas when he begged off because of what he said was pain in his arm. She whipped up one of her trademark big-eyed works.